Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. – Gandalf the Grey
Why a plastic free shop?
As consumers we have the power to affect change, because what we buy is effectively a vote, put simply:
At least if there is one more online platform filled with items with a focus on reusability, that can be repurposed, or easily recycled or composted, then we hope to help you facilitate you to lead a more eco-conscious life, a life less reliant on single-use plastic. What we noticed was that a number of shops offered some items to facilitate some of these objectives, but few focused on shunning the material entirely. We hope to continually source useful and long-lasting items that will mean we can all live plastic-free lives practically and enjoyably.
What’s the problem with plastic?
Firstly plastic comes from crude oil, a nonrenewable and highly pollutant source.
Secondly, plastic poses a myriad of problems for us, the environment and her eco-systems.
One major part of the plastic pollution is the persistent and unnecessary use of single-use plastic, an ugly side of our throwaway culture. Many single-use plastic items will be used for no longer than 15 minutes but the negative effect will be felt for eternity:
Scientist believe that plastic doesn’t fully biodegrade. Instead they think that the material will disintegrate into smaller piece until they becomes micro-plastic particles- impossible to clean up.
Plastic is entering our eco-systems, ingested by wildlife and humans. It is estimated that as much as 90% of sea-life and marine birds have consumed plastic at some point in their lives:
- 26% of the plastic produced is turned into packaging.
- Plastic production is set to double in the next 20-years.
- By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish (by weight)
Source: Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation
The Earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the Earth. – Chief Seattle