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How You Can Save the Turtles and Reduce Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

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How You Can Save the Turtles and Reduce Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

Plastic pollution is an ever-growing problem. So what can we do as consumers to combat the crisis at hand? Read on to see why reusable metal straws are one of the best alternatives to plastic straws. Plastic Straws Create Plastic Pollution in the Ocean The facts on plastic pollution follow us everywhere. And for a good reason.  Zero-waste products need our focus and attention now more than ever.  The BAN list 2.0 said it perfectly:  “Plastic – a material invented to last forever – can no longer be used to make products intended to be thrown away. There is no...

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Give Up Plastic and Switch to Zero Waste Products

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Give Up Plastic and Switch to Zero Waste Products

Plastic pollution – it’s everywhere you turn. And we’re not just talking about the pollution on the ground. That’s important too, but we’re talking about worldwide plastic use and disposal.  But you (yes, YOU!) can make a difference through simple practices, zero–waste products, and ultimately working towards a zero-waste lifestyle.    Here are the top 5 reasons you should give up plastic immediately.   Landfills Are Full of Plastic Waste and Running Out of Room. One of the biggest culprits in our plastic pollution causes?  The “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.    It’s a hazardous approach to take with landfills...

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Are Zero-Waste Products Worth the Higher Price Tag? And Are They Actually More Expensive? 

Are Zero-Waste Products Worth the Higher Price Tag? And Are They Actually More Expensive? 

  Zero-waste products seem to be a growing trend in the last decade. You might be intrigued, or maybe you’ve just always assumed it was more expensive. Maybe your frugal aunt told you it wasn’t worth the high price tag, and perhaps you’re just curious if it’s in your budget to live a zero-waste lifestyle.  Regardless of why you’re here, we’re going to dive into the world of zero-waste products and uncover the truth when it comes to zero-waste swaps. Are they actually more expensive? Just Because It FEELS Expensive, Doesn’t Mean It Is   When it comes to committing to...

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Why Plant-Based Plastics Will Never Be the Solution for Plastic Pollution

Why Plant-Based Plastics Will Never Be the Solution for Plastic Pollution

We all know plastic pollution is an issue.  But something you might not know? Plant-based plastics are just as harmful, if not worse, than traditional plastic. To some, this is probably confusing to hear. But bioplastics are often greenwashed along with other falsely advertised “green” products. So next time you’re offered a bioplastic cup or set of plant-based plastic utensils, be sure you know what you’re signing up for.  The Basics of Traditional Plastic Production and Pollution  To understand why bioplastics aren’t an effective solution, you need to understand the production process of plastic.  Plastic is created from petroleum-based materials...

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What is Greenwashing and Why Shopping Zero Waste Can Help

What is Greenwashing and Why Shopping Zero Waste Can Help

Greenwashing is drowning the consumer market. Brands are knowingly deceiving consumers instead of supporting the opportunity to create a powerful zero-waste movement. Greenwashed marketing is a growing problem as buyers are making more conscious choices than ever before.  What is Greenwashing? The Greenwashing definition created by Treehugger paints a perfect picture.  Greenwashing is when companies mislead consumers by claiming to be eco-friendly or sustainable only as a marketing scheme rather than a core business model principle.  Let’s call it what it is: false advertising. And it’s deceptive at its core.  42% of consumers say they tend to trust brands more...

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