Clean Living – Banish The Plastic

plastic waste

Welcome To Our World

A report published this week has described in detail the horrific damage that is being wrought on the environment by our obsession with cheap, ‘throw it and forget it’ plastic.

To see the scale of the problem, just have a quick look around your desk, in your kitchen cupboards, your car or even at what you are carrying in your bag or pocket. No doubt that lipstick tube or mascara case is made of plastic. The amount of this cheap rubbish that surrounds us is frightening.

Here at Rose & Lavender we are proud to proclaim that over 99% of our products contain NO plastic. Our Redecker range is recyclable and/or bio-degradable. When you have finished with one of our brushes, simply recycle it or bury it in the garden – it will return to the very earth that it came from. Kick out the plastic and go traditional. Continual replacement of cheap plastic products adds to pollution.

The Shock Findings In The Report

Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances.

Led by a team of scientists from the University of Georgia, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Sea Education Association, the study is the first global analysis of the production, use and fate of all plastics ever made.

The researchers found that by 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste. Of that waste total, only 9 percent was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

If current trends continue, roughly 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or the natural environment by 2050. Twelve billion metric tons is about 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.

“Most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years,” said Jenna Jambeck, study co-author and associate professor of engineering at UGA. “Our estimates underscore the need to think critically about the materials we use and our waste management practices.”

An excellent piece on the Redecker handcrafted dust pan and brush set was published on a blog by Patryce Kinga Bąk, an American writer, artist & Certified Holistic Health Consultant. Her post described our obsession with the “buy, use, toss” consumption model.

I have copied and pasted a small piece of her blog post below (including the quote) and hope she won’t mind me reproducing it here. A link to the full post can be found at the bottom.

A green lifestyle is not only a call to use natural products on our bodies and to eat chemical-free whole foods, but also to bring less toxic and non-disposable tools or design objects into our homes.

Not So Fun Facts

“One of the things about our shopping culture that is the most harmful to the environment and society – the insanity of which makes me want to scream, is the attraction to cheap product. Stuff that we are well aware will not last. Yet there’s something deviously tempting about what feels like a bargain, even when we know it’s junk. You can buy a plastic, or perhaps tin, dust pan set for under $10, but:

It will be poorly designed/ made and won’t sweep effectively.redecker dust pan and brush review
It will wear in a short period of time and need to be replaced with another subpar set.
The continual replacement of cheap plastic products adds to pollution.
The making of cheap plastic goods is toxic to the environment from the outset.
There is a human cost to buying cheap goods – often made in near slave conditions.

Read Patryce’s blog post on her Clean Living Guide here >>

The Redecker Dust Pan and Brush reviewed by Patryce is available from Rose & Lavender.

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