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.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
This 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
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.
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
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.