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Using and disposing of plastic items has more repercussions than you think. It’s been reported that plastic has been found in the glaciers around Antarctica, in the Arctic oceans and even in the depths of the Mariana Trench. When plastic breaks down, it breaks down into smaller plastic pieces and these pieces can be so small that they can be referred to as ‘microplastics’. 

Microplastics are plastic particles that are smaller than 5mm in size – some particles are so small that they cannot be seen without a microscope! Microfibers, such as polyester and acrylic fibers, from clothing can be plastics too. That’s why we encourage you to be mindful with your purchases so that collectively, we can reduce plastic pollution. 

The Effects of Microplastic 

Microplastics can often be eaten by marine wildlife which makes its way up the food chain. As a result, this can cause abrasions to their digestive systems, reduce their quality of life and lead to their guts being full of plastic and chemicals rather than food. 

In terms of human health, did you know that we humans are also exposed to microplastic particles through ingestion? We breathe in and swallow microplastic particles from artificial turf, airborne dust or from dust around our homes. We absorb them through products such as cosmetics and toothpaste, plastic food packaging and even plastic kitchen utensils. 

Tip 1: Swap your liquid soap to Organic Bar Soap 

Liquid soaps usually come in a plastic bottle and after we’ve squeezed or pumped the last little drop out of the bottle, what do we do with it? For many, it goes straight into the trash. Once (and if) this bottle reaches landfill, it gets broken down into smaller and smaller plastic pieces. 

Make the switch to bar soaps and keep your bathroom waste as minimal as possible. These days, bar soaps are available for MANY different purposes. From body exfoliators to facial cleaners and shaving soap to dish soapwhy wouldn’t you make the switch?! 

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Tip 2: Swap your tea bags to Loose Leaf Tea 

Did you know that many tea bags contain plastic? In order for tea bags to seal up and keep their shape in hot liquid, a plastic polymer, typically polypropylene, must be added and that in itself releases more microplastics than you can count! 

Make the switch to Loose Leaf Tea. These teas come in a reusable glass jar and the tea leaves are 100% natural! Designed with purpose in mind, you can choose from Calm & RelaxDetox & CleanseSleepy and Immunity. 

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Tip 3: Swap your dishwashing sponge to Coconut-Based Brushes 

What’s your current dishwashing sponge made from? Regular sponges from the supermarket are derived from polyurethane, a man-made and petroleum-based material, which helps to recreate the feel of a natural sponge. Unfortunately, when these sponges become frail and are disposed of, they eventually break down into microplastics, just like every other plastic product. 

We encourage you to use up what’s left of your current sponge and make the switch to coconut-based brushes! Made from coconut husk (the outside of coconuts), these brushes are extremely durable and cut through tough grease to deliver a superior clean. Whether it be cleaning bottleswashing dishesscrubbing pots and pans or cleaning surfaces, there’s a sustainable brush alternative for that! 

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Tip 4: Swap your plastic bags to Organic Cotton Tote Bags 

Plastics bags start off as fossil fuels and end up as environmentally harmful waste in landfill. Not to mention, our oceans are suffocating with plastic pollution and the only way we can stop this from continuing to harm out planet is to stop using them. 

Instead of plastic bags, use bags made from sustainable materials! Our Tote Bag is made from pure and organic cotton and can be used to carry your grocery items, as well as your daily essentialsAnd, with its netted design, this means the bag can stretch to hold even the most obscurely-shaped items! 

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Tip 5: Swap your takeaway coffee cups to a Reusable Coffee Cup 

Takeaway ‘paper’ coffee cups are lined with thin plastic film and this is the trick these cups use to prevent the liquid from making the cup soggy in your hands. Unfortunately, this also means that these cups cannot be recycled with collections of paper or cardboard and if incorrectly disposed of, they can contaminate a load, causing the whole load to be sent to landfill. 

Make the switch to a Reusable Coffee Cup and experience the feeling of never having to dispose of another coffee cup again! The JOCO Cup is completely reusable and plastic free. The vessel is made from borosilicate glass, and sleeve and lid are made from thermal silicone to keep your hands cool, and your beverage at an optimum temperature. Available in 8oz and 12oz in a variety of different colours! 

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