The Plastic Problem
Plastic essentially lasts forever and unfortunately most of it is only used once. After initial use, most plastics end up in landfills and even worse—the ocean, which is ultimately harming our planet and its inhabitants.
So What’s the Damage?
A Danger To Humans
According to National Geographic, a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology says it's possible that humans may be consuming anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year. With added estimates of how much microplastic might be inhaled, that number is more than 74,000. So what happens to plastic once it's in your body? Scientists still aren't quite sure about the amount of microplastics a body can tolerate or how much damage they do. Recent studies have hypothesized that, over time, the cumulative effect of ingesting plastic could be toxic. Different types of plastic have varying toxic properties. Some are made with toxic chemicals like chlorine, while others pick up trace amounts of chemicals like lead found in the environment. A build up of these toxins over time could impact the immune system and upset gut balance.
A Danger To Wildlife
Plastic has been found in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 60% of seabird species that mistake plastic for food. When an animal ingests plastic, it can cause life-threatening problems, including reduced fitness, nutrient intake and feeding efficiency—all vital for survival.
A Danger To Our Planet
The Ocean Conservancy explains that by 2050, scientists predict that the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. Whether by plastic bags or plastic straws winding their way into gutters or large amounts of mismanaged plastic waste streaming from rapidly growing economies, that’s like dumping one New York City garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day for an entire year! And that much plastic is bound to have an impact on ocean ecosystems.
What We’re Doing About It
We’re on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics and end the plastic spray bottle use-and-discard cycle! While most plastic bottles can be recycled, studies have found that a whopping 91% of plastics aren’t actually recycled. To help fight single-use plastics, our NEW refill cleaning tablets are compatible with any 28-32oz bottle, so you can now refill and reuse your spray bottles instead of discarding and purchasing a new one every time you run out of product! Our refill tablet system is available for three of our best-selling products: All-Purpose Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner and Glass + Surface Cleaner. But, this is just the start! We will continue to fight for the health of our planet and have made it our goal to become plastic-free by 2027.