By 2050, There Will Be More Plastic Than Fish In The Ocean
I started BoWorkwear because I love to design, and I saw a need to have a sustainable company within the uniform industry, or clothing (ie. aprons) that we wear everyday. Though I love that the aprons I make are made from plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landfills, I wanted to do more for our planet. I began meeting inspiring thought leaders who live that sustainable lifestyle, which influenced me to change mine.
Let's start with single-use plastic.
"By 2050, There Will Be More Plastic Than Fish In The Ocean"
I got this report from Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum called The New Plastics Economy. The report looks at the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea.
This year's Earth Day theme was about plastic pollution. There have been a lot of reminders of how plastic can be detrimental to our environment, including a recent article of a sperm whale that washed ashore in Spain with 64 pounds of plastic in its body to a 600,000 square mile area in the Pacific Ocean rife with trash.
The problem isn't going away anytime soon, so I decided to make everyday earth day.
There were two simple steps that I started with:
1) When I am on the go, I use a re-usable thermos for my liquids, such as water, coffee, or tea. I have one for my water and another for my coffee because the coffee taste can stay after it is washed. Often times offices have water tanks. Keep a re-usable bottle at the office so you don't have to carry it back and forth from work. Same goes for coffee and tea. I think about all of the times that I used a clear plastic to-go cup because I didn't have a thermos but I wanted a cold brew coffee. Luckily for me, we have recycling bins in NY, but recycling definitely takes a lot more energy (and tax dollars) than a thermos. After I started BoWorkwear and learned more about plastic, I changed my ways.
2) I don't use plastic straws. The US uses 500 million straws a day, and what is crazy is that these straws will stick around forever, even after our kids have kids, and their kids have kids. An alternative to a plastic straw is to use a re-usable straw. There are many kinds now, from steel to compostable paper straws, to biodegradable bamboo straws.
I'm going to start writing more about sustainability. I hope you find this informative and useful, and you are able to get some takeaways.