Why are we so invested in providing you with the most eco-friendly materials and supplies on the market?
Because we know the facts.
Here, you’ll be able to educate yourself with the most up-to-date eco-friendly facts to help remind you why you should be going the extra distance.
Why developing new habits, switching out toxic products for natural ones, and becoming involved in the eco-revolution is worth it.
So, let’s look at some inspiration.
First, let’s take a look at plastic use in Miami Beach, then work our way towards the bigger picture for a well-rounded view on what’s happening to our planet today.
And of course, what we can do about it.
Did you know:
- 182,500,000,000 plastic straws are used every year in the US
- In 1974, the average plastic consumption per capita was 2kg. Today, it’s 43 kg. That’s 43 kg of non-renewable, non-biodegradable, toxic substances clogging up our natural resources.
- At one of last year’s beach cleanups, 10 local bartenders collected over 400 straws within a two-block stretch of Miami Beach
However, word is making its way around quickly. Now, 400 million paper straws are being used on an annual basis
Since July 2018, Miami Miami Beach City Commission has expanded the ban of plastic straws — marking the beginning of a new era.
From the plastic-free Miami Beach campaign to plastic use bans, Miami is well on its way to becoming one of the cleanest, greenest (and bluest) cities in America.
Facts on Our Global Forests and Marine Ecosystems
The world has already lost about 80% of its original forests and we’re losing 375 km2 of forestland each day.
Can’t picture this amount?
That’s more than the area of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusettes, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware combined.
Not only that but check out these facts:
- Between 1980 and 1990, Brazil lost 91.4 million acres of its tropic forest which is the are of South and North Dakota, combined. At these rates, 5-10% of tropical forest species will become extinct
- At the world’s current rates, every decade, 5-10% of tropical forest species will become extinct
- 27% of the coral reefs have died, and 70% of Earth’s reefs will follow suit in the next 40 years.
- Earth has lost half its coastal wetlands including salt marshes and mangrove swamps.
- In the next 30 years, ⅕ of every species living today will become exist.
- In 2003, 23% of all mammals and 12% of all bird species were seen as threatened.
…But it’s not all doom and gloom.
Some smart companies have been working hard behind these dreary scenes to create products that not only reverse these detrimental effects but last.
Here are the product materials of the future.
Eco-Friendly Product Material Facts
We work with two awesome eco lines who make the most durable, forward-thinking and eco-friendly materials on the market today: World Centric and Conserveware.
Thanks to the brilliant ingenuity of these companies, we focus on three main eco-friendly product materials: plant fiber, PLA and sugar cane.
Let’s check in to see why these materials are so incredible.
Plant Fiber Products
Tons of different fibrous plants can be transformed into alternatives to tree-dependent paper products.
The most common plant fiber products are:
- sugar cane
In most agricultural processes, straw is treated as an agricultural leftover waste once the juice or grain has been extracted.
Our plant fiber products are fully biodegradable, can handle hot liquids and are microwave and freezer safe. They combine reliability and eco-friendly beautifully and are some of our hottest selling products.
These products give the environment a boost by:
- Saving forests: 5 tons of wood are required to make 1 ton of pulp for paper. However, only 1.5 tons of straw is required to make the same amount.
- Requiring fewer toxic chemicals (sometimes none at all)
- Relying on a renewable and sustainable resource
- Bringing more economic benefits to farmers.
PLA Products Made by Nature Works
These compostable plastics are bio-based, created from US grown and manufactured corn, which is a renewable resource.
Sustainable and local.
Made from Ingeo™, these products feel similar to chemical-based plastics and provides the same benefits, but without the toxins.
PLA products help give our land and oceans a bit of breathing space to regenerate themselves.
Sugar Cane Products
Sugarcane isn’t just delicious for us, but ol’ Mother Nature has a thing for it as well.
Products made from sugarcane stalks are renewable and compostable meaning they work great as tree product alternatives.
As we’ve seen from the fact above, our global forests are in trouble.
Therefore, finding alternative materials that don’t rely on forest resources is vital.
Sugarcane-based products are a rapidly renewable alternative that gives our forests a chance to revitalize and renew themselves. This gives ourselves some peace of mind, and the Earth a long sigh of relief.