by Kayla Denson August 5, 2021
Eight million tons.
A truckload a minute.
That's the amount of plastic waste entering our oceans globally every year according to the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF).
That number continues to grow every day and the multinational companies we spend our money with are carrying a large amount of the blame.
Single-Use Plastics are Harming us All
As mass environmental activism continues to consume our media and social feeds, there is absolutely no hiding the catastrophic level of plastic affecting our planet.
Single-use plastic, produced almost entirely from fossil fuels is the most frequent type of plastic thrown away. These plastics are the items we use as a population daily, including plastic bags, straws, bottles, and the majority of food packaging.
“Of all trash, plastic trash has the greatest potential to harm the environment, wildlife, and humans. It can be found floating at the surface, suspended in the water column, or on the bottom of almost all water bodies,” the United States EPA reports on the impacts of mismanaged trash.
Eco-Friendly Brands Leading the Fight
As we become increasingly more aware of our plastic pollution crisis, there has been an exponential rise in eco-friendly and sustainable brands on the market leaving the world’s largest corporations in the hot seat. Why? Because these conglomerates play an integral role in the earth’s pollution by being responsible for everything we purchase, use and then proceed to throw away.
We as customers need to understand the gravity of what brands and products we are spending money on and how it affects everything around us.
Here are 5 of our favorite companies offering a solution to the plastic problem:
Stasher bags are both a reusable and resealable alternative for food storage made of food-grade silicone and are durable enough to last you thousands of uses. They are also dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe and don't contain latex or BPA.
S’well has become a leading company in the sustainable industry after launching their reusable and insulated stainless steel water bottles. Their mission is to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles and encourage sustainable living.
3. Plastic Free Pursuit
Plastic Free Pursuit is a zero-waste one-stop shop where you can buy sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items. All of their products are also packaged and shipped 100% plastic-free.
FinalStraw has made carrying metal straws more convenient with their foldable straws that fit inside a carrying case that can also attach to your key ring. Their straws of course eliminate the need for plastic or paper ones.
ORRA offers both premium and eco-conscious travel gear engineered from up-cycled plastic bottles. Our goods are built for high-performance and sustainability so no matter where you are traveling to and from, you’re making an environmental impact just by carrying an ORRA bag or wallet.
The Power to Make a Difference
It is difficult not to fall back on the idea that major corporations and brands hold most of the power in preserving our future on this planet. However, the true power comes from us as consumers and where, how and with whom we choose to spend our money.
ORRA and all of the brands above have the potential to make a major impact on how the world abuses plastics but they can’t do it alone. If you are interested in how to start spending your money with more eco-friendly companies, we’ve got you covered!