Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Posted on June 30 2018

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Author: Julie Fish, Sustainability Steward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image by Steven Hight via Flickr               
                                   
When you take a look around your workplace and living space, what are your personal and home care products packaging type? Most likely you’ll find that you are surrounded by plastic. In the modern era, companies capitalize on offering their products in low-cost plastic, but by choosing to do this, there are serious negative externalities on the environment and health of the ecosystem. 
                                                                       
 
Image by Theen Moy via Flickr

Because plastic is so lightweight it travels quickly and is swept into the environment where it stays indefinitely until a caring being properly recycles it. Even then it will be down-cycled into another plastic product of lesser value, such as a plastic bottle being turned into a plastic bag.

 
At Sea Witch Botanicals, we consider the life cycle of our packaging and strive to package our products in reusable containers such as glass spray bottles and metal tins so that you can find use for them long after the contents are gone. We have also transitioned from plastic to paper tamper-evident seals on our products.

 

We are excited to take our commitment to reduce plastic one step further by offering our Bellingham Farmers Market booth as a drop off station for clean plastics and any SWB packaging!

You can find our booth every Saturday from 10am-3pm at the BFM.

We will accept:

  • Any SWB packaging you no longer need or cannot recycle such as spray nozzles and plastic hygienic seals; although, we suggest trying to get more use out of our reusable packaging.
  • Any clean plastics that cannot be recycled with curbside service such as-
    • plastic wrap
    • plastic bags
    • bubble wrap
    • plastic mailers such as Amazon packaging
*please note- most grocery stores accept non-recyclable plastics at their entrances.

By giving us your clean plastics you can count on us to properly recycle it via TerraCycle because we believe the more plastic we can confirm is properly dealt with, the lighter tread we cause on the planet.

Our go-to ways to reduce plastic:

  • Invest in reusable→ whether it’s your water bottle or grocery bag, cutting down on single use plastic and convenience has a measurable environmental and social impact because others around you note your commitment and evaluate their choices.
  • Buy raw and in bulk→ let’s face it, when you buy food that doesn’t come in a plethora of packaging, it’s likely healthier food. If your grocery store has a bulk section, bring your containers, take the tare weight, and fill away. And if your grocery store does not offer a bulk section, ask them to!
  • Push yourself to prepare yourself→ a little planning can go a long way in your personal environmental footprint. Log a grocery list to stay determined during your shopping trip, don't reward yourself with a coffee unless you have your reusable cup, the list goes on.
             
Image Courtesy of Sea Witch Botanicals
 
In the modern 21st century we have accepted plastic into our lives in almost every arena- our homes, our communities, our natural landscape, oceans, and even our bodies. The impact we make as consumers is substantial- we can choose to reject plastic convenience by simply planning better. Champion the saying you grew up with, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” in your daily actions and you are sure to make a helpful and impactful print on the planet.

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