As our knowledge of the environmental impacts of plastic has increased, so has the demand for sustainable alternatives. A common response from many businesses has been to switch from plastic packaging to paper packaging.
On the surface, it’s easy to assume that plastic packaging (including straws) are bad whilst paper alternatives are good (environmentally speaking). However, the truth is not that simple.
Let’s take a closer look.
Sadly, like most other industries, the personal care market has a pretty significant negative impact on the environment. This is primarily because the bulk of products come in single use, hard-to-recycle plastic.
Here are a few sustainable swaps to help support your Plastic Free July journey (and beyond).
There's a lot of confusion over the terms biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. We've all been there--passing a green product that proclaims "compostable" and wondering if we should throw it in the compost bin or just throw it away. While it may be tempting to read all three of those labels and choose the one you think means "best for the planet" -- there's actually a really big difference between what each of those labels mean.
Keep reading for a thorough list of what each term properly means.