3 Reasons to Lose the Cotton Disposables
1. Ocean Pollution:
8 million metric tons of plastic enters our oceans each year. Disposable cotton products are responsible for up to 6% of this without counting the plastic used in single-use packaging. This is a lot, and obviously it takes a toll on our ocean and therefore our earth as a whole.
2. Fossil Fuels:
By purchasing disposable cotton items, we are sending a message to the industries that we don’t mind using fossil fuels. We’re also saying we don’t mind using fossil fuels for things that we’ll throw away after one use. By creating this demand, we are telling industries to keep purchasing fossil fuels which is telling fossil fuel industries to keep pumping them out of the ground. Extracting, transporting, and refining fossil fuels comes with its own carbon footprint which is then attached to every single cotton swab we use.
This has impacts on local communities such as current air quality and emissions, water and ground pollution, and more. It’s much better to demand one reusable version of something rather than hundreds or thousands of single use versions.
3. Land Use:
Cotton, along with all other crops, requires land. Requiring more land means less space for wildlife and forests that otherwise would have grown there. Stripping land for crops can impact current air quality and biodiversity on a local and global scale. As we know, trees and plant life are the planet’s lungs. Trees sequester carbon and replace it with oxygen, which has a tremendous effect on future/current air quality.
By using disposable products every single day and sometimes several times per day, we are affecting our mindset. Our everyday actions, no matter how small, have this amazing potential to overflow into all aspects of our lives. But don’t fret, it’s easy to reduce these environmental impacts because we offer reusable alternatives!
EarthForAll provides an array of reusable items made from organic cotton and sustainable textiles. From reusable makeup wipes to sanitary pads, and lactation discs, EarthForAll offers a variety of reusable products to help you ditch the disposables!
In addition to being environmentally sustainable, EarthForAll’s products are also made with quality in mind. They are just as effective, if not more, than the mainstream counterparts. We encourage you to take a look at the options you have available to you here.