On Wednesday the BBC wrote an article claiming that ocean plastic could treble in the next decade. Take a look at the full article here. This comes after months of conversation and heated debates over the use of plastic packaging and products which are filling up our oceans.
Since its creation in 1907, plastic has become an incredibly cheap to produce. But the extent to which plastic pollution has spread across the countryside and oceans, unable to biodegrade, has spiralled since the late 20th century. Each year we each produce around 79kg of unrecycled plastic waste. Part of this end up in the oceans where plastic waste kills as many as a million sea creatures a year and where damaging pollutants accumulating in plastic debris enter the human food chain. As the human population continues to grow, more and more people are relying on the oceans for their food sources but problems with plastic pollution make this increasingly difficult. With the importance of reducing our plastic pollution an important ethical view, we thought we would give you a run down of all that we do to reduce our plastic consumption... #proudlyplasticfree
1. No Microbeads
After finding some alarming stats, we wrote a blog in 2017 offering 4 microbead alternatives and what to look out for when trying to avoid them. We were shocked to discover how many different types of products contain tiny microbeads which slip through filtration systems and end up in our own food chain. None of our products contain these pesky plastic ganules and we opt for natural alternatives which can easily biodegrade.
2. Compostable Packaing
Our soap bars are made from 100% compostable packaging. Simple yet effective, the paper wrap keeps the soap dry and the scent locked in without containing any plastic. Our bands are even printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks!
3. Recyclable Packaging
In October 2017, we beat our targets and became fully recyclable. Any plastics we used were switched out to replace plastics whilst not impacting the price of our products for our customers. Glass and paper can be recycled across the country.
4. Daily Life
Since taking part in #veganuary this January, we are taking steps to stetch out these tactics into our personal and professional lives. Take a look at the blog here to find out more.
What tips and tricks do you have to reduce your plastic consumption at home and at work? We would love to hear!