Did you know that 91% of plastic is NOT recycled? Yeah, we were shocked to learn this too. So, bottom line, why is plastic so bad?
While paper takes about 2-6 weeks to breakdown, plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade. And, during this process, it breaks into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics and infiltrates our water and soil. These microplastics are consumed by animals and then enter the human food chain. Microplastics contain toxic chemicals that can contribute to many serious health problems including cancer, heart and lung issues, and birth defects. Need we say more?
The good news is, here’s where you come in! As consumers, the choice is ours to reject single-use plastics with just a few product swaps. Check out some of our easy-to-implement suggestions below!
SWITCH TO BAR SHAMPOO
Giant plastic bottles of suds are so very last year. Instead, consider the small but mighty ethique volumizing bar ($16), a soap-free formula that provides up to 80 uses!
Plastic straws are legitimately the worst. Consider packing your own straw instead! ZOKU reusable pocket straw is a great stainless steel, compact alternative with a snazzy carrying case ($12).
DITCH YOUR DEODORANT
Refillable deodorants are getting more attention nowadays, as they should! We love the B.O.B. Bars over Bottles line, packaged in cardboard, for both men and women ($12).
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