Norwex’s Pitch the Plastic Special for Earth Month

Norwex’s Pitch the Plastic Special for Earth Month

Pitch the Plastic Norwex Specials

Plastic Pollution in our Ocean

Plastic is a problem. CBC recently reported that “there are more than 79,000 tonnes of ocean plastic in a 1.6 million square kilometre area of the North Pacific Ocean, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That’s 16 times more than previous estimates.”  Plastic is a material that does not decompose.  It never goes away. It does break down into small pieces, called microplastics (pieces measuring less than 0.5 cm in diameter), which “marine life can consume and potentially die from”.  The Ocean Cleanup Foundation commissioned an expedition in 2015 and found 1.8 trillion pieces of microplastics, including “plastic bottles, containers, packaging straps, lids, ropes and fishing nets… that have been accumulating for decades.” In this CBC article, Marcus Eriksen, founder and research director of the 5 Gyres Institute spoke about how the clean up efforts are important, but “not a solution by itself. ” Eriksen and Laurent Lebreton, lead author of Scientific Reports agree that they “would like to see less single-use plastic as well as a focus on cleaning up beaches and shores, before it makes its way into our oceans.”

Ocean Cleanup Plastic Norwex

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by the Numbers. Source: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation

What Is Norwex Doing about Plastic?

The truth of ocean plastic pollution is staggering… but, I believe that one household, who makes environmentally-friendly choices, does make a difference in the world. When you add up all our households, we do make a big difference! I am so grateful that Norwex recognizes the impact of plastic and is dedicated to helping people make conscience choices to reduce plastic waste.  This month, Norwex’s “Pitch the Plastic Pack” Customer Special provides sustainable solutions to reduce our need for plastic straws, plastic wrap, plastic produce bags and plastic grocery bags.  Isn’t that AWESOME?  Plus, to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, Norwex is giving a couple FREE products with some of the specials!!! Keep reading…

Norwex Specials Reduce Plastic

Norwex Customer Specials – PDF

Bath and Body Bundle

This Bundle includes the Vibrant Body Pack and the Graphite Bath Towel.  Norwex’s Body Pack are amazing face and body cloths made from super-soft Norwex microfiber containing their exclusive Baclock™ agent.  They are perfect for all types of skin, designed to gently cleanse the face and body, helps remove excess oils from skin, great for exfoliation, acne and blackheads, and only needs water.  They are good for the environment, good for balancing your delicate skin and good for reducing your spending on cleansers.  The other product in this Bath and Body Bundle is the super-soft, light-weight, super-absorbent, quick-to-dry Graphite Bath Towel.  It is made with Norwex’s microfiber containing the self-purifying properties of the Baclock™ agent. Just like the EnviroCloth is perfect for cleaning surfaces in your home, the Body Pack and Bath Towel are perfect for cleaning and maintaining your skin.

Spring Cleaning Basics

You will be amazed what you can accomplish with an EnviroCloth and a dab of Cleaning Paste. With just the EnviroCloth and water, you can clean all the hard surfaces in your home.  Norwex microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.  This cloth is superior because it is made with microfiber that is 1/200th the size of a human hair and there is more than 3 million meters in length of microfiber in each cloth. It is powerful. Use an EnviroCloth with Cleaning Paste to remove rust spots, hard water stains, scuff marks, permanent marker, dirt, grime, soap scum and more. BONUS: When you buy the Spring Cleaning Basics, you will receive an additional FREE EnviroCloth! Wondering what else Cleaning Paste can do? Read this Post.  Want to know how I spring clean my appliances? Read this Post.

Norwex Cleaning Paste Testimonial

Sustainable Sink Set

The kitchen sink is a busy place… from washing dishes and hands, to cleaning produce, to soaking pots and rinsing out the kitchen cloth.  It is great that Norwex has the products to make our sinks sustainable.  The Sink Mats (set of 3) are made of highly-absorbent microfiber and foam that are perfect for placing near the sink to provide a convenient resting place for wet or messy glasses, cups, bottles, toothbrushes and soap dispensers.  They are a perfect “landing pad” for all those wet or sticky objects. The Bottle Brush with EnviroSleeve is a great tool for quickly cleaning bottles, vases, glassware, coffee to-go cups, etc.  The brush is made of flexible and sturdy ThermoPlastic Rubber bristles that do a great job cleaning right to the bottom of your bottle without scratching it.  When paired with an extra-soft EnviroSleeve with Baclock™, it is perfect for delicate items.

Pitch the Plastic Pack

Pitch the Plastic NorwexThis special is packed with sustainability products that can help reduce our consumption of plastic straws, plastic wrap, plastic produce bags and plastic grocery bags. Reducing the use of all these ‘single-use’ plastic products is worth it.  The Produce Bags (set of 3) are made of a washable polyester that don’t leach chemicals, are washable and super durable.  They are the perfect size to bring your produce home, are light enough so your produce can be weighed inside the bag and you can even wash, rinse and store your produce in the bag when you get home. The Reusable Grocery Bag is awesome because it has Baclock™ in the lining, making it the cleanest reusable bag you own.  It is also the perfect size and super durable. The Silicone Lids (set of 2) are constructed with food-grade silicone and are designed to create an airtight seal on food containers.  They keep food fresh, can be used in the microwave and oven (up to 425º F) and won’t hold food odours.  A perfect reusable alternative to plastic wrap and foil.  The Stainless Steel Drinking Straws (set of 4) are a great way to avoid single-use straws because although they are usually recyclable, they don’t usually get recycled. Did you also know? More than 500 million plastic straws are used daily.  They are one of the top 10 debris items ingested by sea life. These straws fit most cups and bottles and even make your drink taste colder… which is perfect for smoothies.  The Norwex Cleaning Brush is the perfect tool to quickly clean out the straws so they are ready to use again. BONUS: When you buy the Pitch the Plastic Pack you will receive a FREE Special Edition Optic Scarf.

Spend & Get Special

Norwex Pitch the Plastic Spend and Get

Spend & Get – April 2018 – PDF

Isn’t it amazing that there are sustainable options for the day-to-day choices we make. I empower you to believe that the choices you make do impact the health of our environment.  Even switching from using traditional plastic straws to reusable Stainless Steel Straws would save 38,000 straws from entering the landfill or ocean in your lifetime. Try one of Norwex’s Earth Month Specials.

Spring Cleaning Norwex Specials

Resources: CBC NEWS  Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times bigger than previously estimated, study finds http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/great-pacific-garbage-patch-1.4582626

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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Stubborn Suckers – Plastic Straws

Stubborn Suckers – Plastic Straws

On average, each person in the U.S. uses 1.6 plastic straws every day!!! Between the ages of 5-65, this means that about 38,000 straws are used per person. And that’s not counting the paper wrappers!!  By now you may be tempted to order your next drink without a straw.  But lets face it, those suckers are handy.

The environmental impact is disturbing.  Plastic straws are one of the top 10 debris ingested by sea life.

Although many disposable drinking straws are produced with the intention of being recycled (#2 and #5 plastics), they are not. As they are not biodegradable , but photo-degradable, it can take these flimsy straws centuries to break down. In other words, “disposable straws” are not really “disposable”. The majority of them join other plastic products that saturate landfills, or are strewn along roads and beaches, harming wildlife, and ultimately harming us. Many of these straws contain BPA, a known endocrine disruptor. As animals ingest bits of plastic, the BPA accumulates through the food chain ending up on OUR dinner plates and ultimately in our bodies.

http://www.killthecup.com/blog/dining-out-without-the-plastic-guilt

http://www.killthecup.com/blog/dining-out-without-the-plastic-guilt

Read this article: Degradable Plastics: Photo-degradable and Biodegradable

straws collegeThankfully, Norwex has come up with a solution. The Stainless Steel Drinking Straws are people- and wildlife-friendly, a long-lasting alternative to plastic straws. Their sleek and curved design fits most cups and bottles for easy drinking at home or on the go. The pack of 4 will allow you to keep some at home, work and in your car for those impulsive drive-thru days!  This is an easy way to keep your family healthier our beaches/ landfills cleaner.

Want to keep your straws nice and clean?  Norwex has a new Straw Cleaning Brush.

Would you like to learn more?

Watch this:

Did You Know?

    • Straws were originally made from hollow stalks of rye grass.
    • The first straws used commercially were made from paper (which are still available).
    • Most plastic straws are also individually wrapped in paper, which equals more trash.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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Why Reduce Your Use of Plastic?

Why Reduce Your Use of Plastic?

Every piece of plastic ever used since its inception is still in existence, most of it is in our landfills.  Here are three reason to cut down on your plastic consumption:

  1. The average photo-degrading lifespan of a plastic item is 200 years. That means that your great-grandchildren’s grandchildren will be around to see the plastic WE consumed. Furthermore, these bits of plastic are easily ingested by animals, and later digested by humans. Not so comforting a thought!
  2. We all know that oil is being consumed en masse.  Twelve million barrels of oil are being used annually to produce plastic bags, in the US alone!
  3. Harmful chemicals such as BPA are often found in water bottles and plastic containers that many of us send our children’s lunches in everyday. BPA is an industrial chemical which is harmful to the brain as well as to the behavior of children.

Read More: Everything is Connected

Plastic and foil food wraps have a bad rap!  They can be a struggle to use, they leach into our food and they end up in the landfills.  Check out this for 25 more reasons to go re-usable!

What percentage of plastic globally would you guess we recycle? 

Sadly only 5%

Unlike many plastic and foil food wraps you may be tempted to stick in the microwave, silicone rubber does not react with food, liquids, and most chemicals. Why does that matter? Plastic and foil food wraps actually leach harmful chemicals such as BPA, into your food.

Norwex’s New Silicone Lids are BPA free, and will not off-gas hazardous fumes over its lifetime, or while in use. Furthermore, they are perfect for keeping hot foods hot while you wait for the kids to come home or food fresh in the fridge for a longer period of time. Not only will you be preventing more waste from ending up in our landfills (the lids can be used over and over!), but you’ll also be reducing your exposure to chemicals harmful to your body!  Sounds like a win-win if you ask me!

Key Benefits:

  • Keeps food fresh longer
  • Helps save on environmental waste
  • Won’t leach chemicals into your food
  • Reusable, so they save you money
  • Safe to use in refrigerators
  • Safe in microwaves and ovens up to 230°C / 425° F
  • Won’t hold food odours
  • Dishwasher Safe

*Note: Highly acidic foods such as tomato based pastas sauce may stain the lids.

My favorite personal use for these lids is covering the pan when frying eggs.  I like my girls to start the day with an egg, we fry them in a bit of coconut oil and the oil always spattered all over the stove top.  These lids work AMAZING for containing the mess.

Loving the lids? Norwex is also offering terrific new packages, including a Pitch the Plastic Pack!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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