Heard of Veganuary or Earth Day? This month is Plastic Free July, a movement working hard to reduce single-use plastic on a global scale. Join us and 326 million people worldwide to make more conscious decisions when it comes to using plastic.
Every year, it is estimated that around 380 million tons of plastic enters our ecosystem. ½ of that is single use plastic - it is thrown away after being used for a number of seconds, and enters our ecosystem, where it will stay for decades. We can see the impact that these short-lived decisions are having on our planet right before our eyes. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch for example, is a floating matrix of this plastic waste, stretching across 1.6 million square kilometers of Pacific Ocean, filling the oceans water with microplastics, as well as the stomachs of many wildlife species. It has been said that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in our oceans.
What can we do?
Plastic Free July has plenty of helpful online resources to support you in making more conscious decisions about plastic usage. Challenge yourself and those around you to quit using single-use plastic for the month, or just make more conscious decisions this July. Every little choice you choose away from plastic is a step closer to a cleaner planet. Find your local re-fill station for pasta, switch from bottled soap to bars, and take your own mug to collect your morning coffee.
At SCOON, we only work with brands that care about their environmental output. In light of Plastic Free July, we delved a little deeper into what some of our fashion and beauty favourites are doing to reduce their plastic footprint.
Almost all synthetic activewear is made from plastic - but Girlfriend Collective's products are made from Recycled Polyester, known as RPET. This comes from recycled water bottles and is BPA-Free. Using this recycled yarn eliminates the need for petroleum and diverts water bottles from landfills at the same time! They also promote the use of microfibre wash bags, to catch any microplastic fibres that may enter the ecosystem.
Evolve have partnered with rePurpose Global, aiming to remove twice as much plastic from the environment as they use in their packaging and shipping. 100% of their glass packaging, plastic bottles and lids, and paper cartons is recyclable, and they invite customers to reuse their pumps in the Dump The Pump campaign to save on single use plastic. This means that by shopping with Evolve, you’ll be actively helping to remove plastic waste from the environment.
Lo Amsterdam's high performance products are packed in the most natural materials possible, using no plastics or petrolatum. Their packaging is 100% natural – frosted glass jars, paper stickers and finely crafted lids from FSC certified wood. All lids have a unique grain pattern and get their colour from the different types of wood.
The Tides | Wellness
Using clean, natural and effective products containing ingredients that are ethically and sustainably sourced, are also 100% biodegradable. The Tides used biodegradable towels in their treatments as a compostable alternative to plastic and foil wrappings and other towelling products that are commonly used in the professional spa and wellness industry.
Augustine create all of their products using 100% ECONYL yarn, made from salvaged fishnets found in the ocean. These 'ghost nets' constitute for the majority of the waste in the Ocean Garbage Patches, catching single use plastic waste, and creating an entrapment of hazardous products.