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Why single-use plastic isn't safe for you or the environment.

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Plastic Free July

Where Does Single-Use Plastic Really End Up?

#PlasticFreeJuly, which is wrapping up next week, is more than a social media gimmick. It's a worldwide recognition that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world. Single-use plastic poses a significant environmental threat. Every year, we throw enough plastic away to circle the Earth four times. And even if we try to be conscientious, the truth is that about 91% of our plastic never gets recycled. It finds its way into oceans and landfills, where it waits nearly 400 years to degrade.

The good news? It's easier than ever to be more sustainable in your choices to get rid of plastics in your daily life. Try making these swaps next time you make a purchase.

  1. Choose to avoid plastic produce bags when you grocery shop. Those bags you toss your broccoli in rarely get a second-life, and they're unnecessary to cart your fruits and veg home. Concerned about germs and COVID? Add a cap full of Cleaner Than Clean to a bowl full of water and soak your produce before eating it (we're fans of this method anyway!). 
  2. Get on board with reusable straws. We know there's been a backlash, but if we all assume that just one straw won't make a difference, we'll be adding nearly 8 billion non-recyclable pieces of plastic to landfills.
  3. Seek out the plastics in your home and figure out how to reuse them or replace them with glass alternatives. Soap dispensers, cleaning products, plastic silverware or cups... the list is nearly endless! Find alternatives to plastic based on what you use regularly.
  4. Skip the single-use water bottle. Invest in a glass water bottle that you can refill whenever you need.
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Did You Know? Switching to a Reusable Water Bottle Could Reduce Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Waste by 50 Billion Bottles

Americans consume more than 14 billion gallons of bottled water per year. That contributes to the 8 million tons of plastic that are dumped in the ocean annually. Reusable water bottles like our new, chic bkr water bottles can make all the difference. The silicone sleeve helps prevent the glass from breaking and they come in a wide variety of colors to suit your fancy.

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Ask Ashleigh

Q: I've heard a lot about how bad plastics are for us and the environment, but I don't really understand why. Can you explain what makes them so bad?

A: The ingredients needed to create plastic are part of what makes them unsafe for repeated use. BPA, a trending must-avoid ingredient, is a manmade industrial chemical that is a key building block in polycarbonate (no. 7) plastic, which is used to make products like water and juice bottles and food containers. The harm comes in that BPA is a known endocrine-disrupting toxin, and when we use it repeatedly, we become exposed to unsafe levels of it. Even BPA-free plastic can contain other harmful chemicals like BFP.

It gets worse when plastic is heated—like reheating food in the microwave or leaving a water bottle in a hot car. Heat releases more of those toxic chemicals, and can cause them to leech into our food and water (or whatever is housed in the plastic container). Then we're ingesting those chemicals on top of being exposed to any released fumes.

And the environment isn't immune to it: plastics can contaminate and pollute by leaking chemicals into waterways and land when they get dumped into landfills or bodies of water. The trickle down effect is that animals can come into contact with hazardous waste, and if we're eating those animals, we've then been exposed a second (or third or fourth) time. It's an example of the circle of life—and how we need to protect ourselves and the planet by preventing more of a proliferation of single-use plastics.

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Shop Brands With #PlasticFree Options
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