Why you should careThe Bring Your Own mindset means you can enjoy that leftover pizza without dumping on the planet.
By Latha Rao
We throw away 50% of the plastic we use after just one use. As the world’s population grows, more and more disposables (plates, cutlery, cups, pots, pans, etc.) are used and thrown away. It can take 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade, so every piece of every plastic that was ever made still exists…yeah, think on that one a bit.
Plastic liter not only pollutes our oceans, beaches and rivers, but the chemicals applied on or used to make plastic can harm marine and bird life. Recent studies showed that microplastics (tiny, tiny, micro pieces) were found in our bodily fluids, so the plastic has now gotten inside our bodies through the food we eat and the water we drink. These chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption and can harm our health.
But, there’s still time to reverse this, or at minimum, not contribute to it anymore. Changing our daily habits and creating a culture of bringing your own containers is a clear (and cheap) step on the right path!
Bring your Own Culture is about more than just bringing your own to-go containers and grocery bags. It’s about thinking differently, using that growth mindset and making changes to propel change in others and in local policies.
Miir Cup, Gold Giveback Medal
Miir sells water bottles, bicycles, and backpacks, and their sales contributes directly to clean water initiatives in communities that need it. Under each cup is a code you can track the progress of the water project in real-time. Sustainability Impact. Minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the life cycle of the product.
Chico Bags Reusable Utensils/Produce bags
Gold Giveback Medal & Silver Sustainability Medal
ChicoBag is committed to helping humanity ditch the single use habit. Their To-Go Ware/Chico Bags provide people with simple reusable bags and utensils to ditch the disposables habit. Sustainability Impact. The company is committed to making a sustainable product and closing the loop by taking back used bags. ChicoBag’s reusable bags are made with recycled materials.
Simply Straw Reusable Straw
Gold Giveback Medal & Gold Sustainability Medal
Simple Straw makes reusable glass straws. Sustainability Impact. Simply straw is a clean energy business and US EPA green power Partner. They use compostable materials for packaging and the straw sleeves are made of sustainable fabrics.
UKonserve Reusable Containers, Gold Giveback Medal
They make reusable and innovative containers to change our disposable habit by creating recyclable products. Impact. They promote waste free programs in schools as well as supports numerous partners working on waste reduction and plastic clean up initiatives.
Soma Water Bottles, Silver Giveback Medal & Gold Sustainability Medal
They make sleek and modern glass water bottles. Sustainability Impact. Water bottles are made from glass which is reusable and recyclable. The manufacturing and distribution of Soma bottles are offset by forest conservation efforts. Soma also uses post-consumer and recycled packaging.
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