Apr 06 , 2021
Use discount code SayNoToPlastic for 10% off items in our Plastic-Free category through the end of April. You can find Plastic-Free goods under the Earthling Values menu. Or you shop a category like Pasta, Shampoo or Spices and then use the filters on the left to find the Plastic-Free items. Really, we wish everything on our online store was plastic-free. Until then, we will strive to highlight products in our online catalog with more sustainable packaging. Plastic is wreaking havoc on our oceans and bodies because it degrades so slowly. We'll highlight some reasons why we think you should consider Saying No to Plastic and then we'll point out some of our products we love that are plastic-free.
Humans may be consuming about a half pound of plastic a year, or the equivalent plastic weight of a credit card every week. Plastics (aka polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, etc) may take more than 1,000 years to break down. Plastic breaks into smaller and smaller tiny microplastics that are in our waters, air and bodies. There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by volume by 2050. About 12.7 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year. There are now giant plastic garbage patches in all of the world's oceans. The biggest plastic patch in the Pacific is twice the size of Texas, composed of 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 tons. Despite potential problems from plastic pollution, plastic production keeps increasing. Plastic is a product of the petroleum industry. About 9% of oil in production goes to making plastic and it's estimated that about 12 million barrels of oil a year are used in making plastic bags in the U.S. Only about 9% of plastic ever gets recycled in the US. The petrochemical industry has been lying to us for years helping us think that those little plastic triangles meant the item would be recycled. When China stopped accepting shipping containers full of unwanted plastic from the US, it brought to our attention how much US plastic is being shipped overseas to less developed countries who are willing to accept the toxic plastic dumps. Obviously, we support legislation like the proposed "Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act" and other ideas for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) so that the manufacturers are held responsible for their products' packaging that are littering our planet Earth.
Here on our online catalog, you can shop Plastic-Free. We like Jovial's gluten-free and organic pastas packaged in recyclable cardboard made from 80% recycled content and with a clear window made from wood pulp that is certified home compostable. We also like Traditional Medicinals' teas with clean packaging. Simply Organic spice containers are made of glass. We like the HiBar shampoos and conditioners that are not in plastic, the boxes of Sappo Hill soaps and the compostable packaging of Alter Eco and LivBar. Biobags are good alternative to plastic bags. Unfortunately, here on the Earth Online Catalog, some of the cases of tin cans and glass jars do come wrapped in plastic. Hopefully, if consumers demand change and plastic-free products, then producers' behaviors will shift. That is the goal!