In addition to our eco-friendly products, we want to offer resources to learn more about sustainable practices and ideas you can integrate into your daily life.
Learn more about plastic waste at the following resources, and check out the organizations below that are working to make that are working to make sustainability equitable and accessible to all.
In 1907, Leo Baekland invented a new synthetic polymer, called Bakelite, a plastic created by from coal tar. Unlike its predecessor, celluloid, Bakelite did not soften under heat, rendering it more suitable for efficient, industrial manufacturing processes. Throughout the 20th century, new kinds of plastics developed, and the material became popular for wide-spread commercial use due to its low cost and versatility.
1907 marks the invention of commercial plastics as we know it– cheap, synthetic, durable, non-biodegradable material.
We want to reintroduce packaging solutions to your home that take it back to before single-use plastics. Before1907.
Learn More About Plastic Waste
Article: “The Life Cycle of Plastics” by Natalia Brown for Debris Free Oceans
From extraction, to cracking and refinement, to processing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, waste management here is an in-depth guide life cycle of plastics.
Article: “Environmental toll of plastics” by Jessica A. Knoblauch for Environmental Health News
Learn more about the ways that people and animals are exposed to harmful chemicals, such as BPAs and PBDEs, in plastic packaging on an everyday basis.
Video: “Plastics 101” by National Geographic
A short 6-minute video introduction to plastics and its uses.
Article: “11 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste Today” by Margaret Badore for Treehugger
From bringing your own shopping bag to finding alternatives to disposable food storage and personal products– Here are 11 ways to get sustainability started.
Article: “Life Before Plastic” by Mark Blackburn for One Brown Planet
Read this interview with Blackburn’s mother who recounts the old approaches to packaging from when she grew up in the UK in the 1940s and ‘50s: a time of milk delivery workers, community glass collection and recycling, cleaning products sold in cardboard boxes and glass bottles, bulk shopping, and much more.
Resource: “Recycling Basics” by Recycling Simplified
Resource: "ReThink Disposable" by Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
"ReThink Disposable, a program of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, aims to prevent waste before it starts. We work with local jurisdictions, businesses, and consumers of take-out food packaging (almost everyone these days) to inspire a cultural shift away from the single-use “throwaway” lifestyle."
Climate Justice Organizations
NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program
“Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities in the United States and around the world.”
The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program outlines a few of the ways that environmental injustice directly impacts communities of color and low-income communities in the U.S. and around the world. They also offer a vast number of resources to learn more and further engage with environmental justice in meaningful ways.
The Climate Justice Alliance
"We build “local living economies” models focused on clean community energy, regional food systems, zero waste, efficient, affordable, and durable housing, public transportation, ecosystem restoration and stewardship within scientific planetary boundaries.”
The Climate Justice Alliance unites organizations and communities in advocating against damaging practices, organizing to confront government officials and industry professionals to boldly address climate change. Through localized initiatives, they are “building local alternatives that center traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and create a pathway for a regenerative future.”