The Crisis: Plastic.
Because it’s cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications, humans have become addicted to this nearly indestructible material.
According to UNEP, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the globe, while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.
As a result, plastic production has soared from two million metric tons in 1950 to 348 million metric tons in 2017 —an amount that is expected to double by 2040 under the business-as-usual scenario. Today’s global plastic industry is valued at $522.6 billion.
The conveniences plastics offer, however, have led to a throw-away culture that reveals the material’s dark side. Half of all plastic produced is designed for single-use purposes — used just once and then thrown away.
For years, scientists have warned that humankind is leaving so much plastic in the natural environment that future archaeologists will be able to mark this era by the synthetic waste that was left behind.
And it’s A LOT of waste.
Each year, about 11 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean—an amount that is projected to nearly triple by 2040 without urgent, large-scale action.
More than 800 marine and coastal species are affected by this pollution through ingestion, entanglement, and other dangers.
Human health has also been impacted by plastic pollution. Plastic waste blocks rivers and drainage systems, causing flooding and trapping stagnant water that exacerbates the spread of disease. Open burning of plastic waste pollutes air and water, releasing toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases into the environment.
Numerous studies have found plastic compounds in much of the seafood that people eat.
When we dump a capful of concentrated cleaning detergent into the laundry machine, we don’t really think much of it, especially not in an environmental sense. After all, as far as most of us are concerned, something as common and innocent as laundry detergent couldn’t possibly be bad for the planet.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many of the popular detergent brands are manufactured using synthetic chemical compounds which are made to “lift stains” and “preserve colors” before getting washed out, diluted, and sent down the drain with the wastewater from your washing machine.
Unfortunately, the chemicals in these detergents can have a far-reaching environmental impact.
Phosphates are one of the chemicals commonly found in laundry detergents. They contain phosphorus which, when it leaches into waterways, stimulates the excessive growth of algae and other vegetation.
This unrestrained algae growth severely clouds the water, reduces sunlight, strips the water of oxygen, and effectively kills other plant life and even aquatic life.
Surfactants are responsible for most of the cleaning performance in laundry detergents.
However, these active cleaning agents are extremely toxic to aquatic ecosystems, especially fish. They do not biodegrade but break down to form even more varieties of toxic chemicals.
The dyes in liquid laundry detergents contain heavy metals like arsenic and lead.
They contaminate lakes, streams, and water supplies, killing aquatic life and even polluting our drinking water.
Also, the packaging used for conventional detergents is usually non-reusable and non-recyclable and ends up in landfills, creating more environmental pollution.
At Clean Globe, we want to play our part in creating a more sustainable future. We believe that every person has the power to change the globe by being more conscious about what they buy and consume. That’s why we want to help you reduce your reliance on plastics, starting with your household items.
Our team has one simple focus – to provide quality products that not only improve the lives of our customers on a personal level but on a global scale.
Clean Globe’s eco-friendly, low-waste products provide you with sustainable alternatives to everyday essentials. So that your clean home shouldn’t come at the expense of a greener planet.