Conscientious Consumers Tackle Plastic Waste on World Consumer Rights Day
March 15th, 2021 marked the 38th annual World Consumer Rights Day, which is dedicated to highlighting the power of consumers and their rights to a fair, safe and sustainable marketplace for everyone.
Each year, consumers around the world take action to address important issues impacting the global marketplace. This year, consumers joined together to tackle plastic pollution.
Although plastic can be useful in everyday life, our production and consumption of plastics have become unsustainable. As such, we are currently facing a global plastic pollution crisis.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate within our marine environments.
This waste not only threatens marine ecosystems throughout the world’s oceans, but has also entered into our food chain in the form of microplastics — plastic pieces that are less than five millimeters in length, around the size of a sesame seed.
Moreover, petrochemicals — chemicals derived from fossil fuels and used to make plastics — are becoming a huge driver of global oil and natural gas use. It is estimated that plastics will account for nearly half of the global growth of oil demand by 2050 — more than trucks, aviation and shipping combined.
It’s clear that tackling plastic pollution is a critical priority for our society.
Ripple Effects – We're All Part of the Solution
Governments, industries, brands and consumers are all responsible for making changes that will reduce plastic manufacturing and usage.
At Cleanyst, we believe our daily actions can have an impact that goes far beyond ourselves and that small changes can make a big difference. That is why we’re on a mission to make it easier for you to take better care of your body and home while also benefiting the planet.
Our circular, mix-at-home approach to creating your own body and home care products helps reduce single-use plastic waste and the carbon emissions that result from plastic manufacturing.
By shipping only necessary ingredients in minimal plant-based packaging and harnessing the power of reusable bottles, our system helps reduce single-use plastic waste by around 80% compared to traditional body and home care products.
That means that with Cleanyst, the average household can eliminate over 100 single-use plastic bottles per year. That’s 100 bottles that will never be produced and never have the chance to pollute our environment.
There is not a single solution to tackling plastic pollution, and changing the tides of plastic waste will not happen overnight, but by rethinking everyday products and taking small steps to reduce our dependence on plastics, our combined efforts can create massive change overtime.