Tagged: protect the oceans

This is how you change the world

Posted on August 25, 2015

One of the highlights of our Norwex national conference was hearing from the founder of WashedAshore.org. Angela, a retired art teacher, talked about walking the beaches near her home seeking solace after the death of her husband. But instead of comfort, she found…garbage. She was shocked by the volume of trash she saw washed up on the shorelines and of course wanted to take action.

This is my favorite part of the story: Angela was wise enough to know that people aren’t inspired to take action when they are discouraged. She wanted to find a way to spread the message in an uplifting way. And wow, did she ever.

From their website: “…community members of all ages work together to clean up our beaches and process the debris into art supplies to construct giant sculptures of the sea life most affected by plastic pollution. This has resulted in thousands of pounds of debris removed from local beaches and turned into works of art…90% of the debris we collect is petroleum-based: plastic items, nylon ropes and net. We are able to use 98% of this trash to create sculptures, including a walk-through replica of an ocean gyre, a Styrofoam coral reef, Henry the fish, a plastic bottle sea jelly, an oil-spill replica, and a musical sea star…”

The results are stunningly beautiful. And as you take a closer look, hugely impactful.

 

seahorse washed ashore

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How can we help?

  • Use less plastic! Lightweight items like plastic bottles, plastic bags, and plastic straws blow out of garbage cans and landfills and end up in our waterways, which bring them to the ocean. Filter your own water and use reusable bags and reusable straws .
  • Follow WashedAshore.org on Facebook and YouTube, and bookmark their blog for some amazing behind-the-scenes stories!
  • Share this post to raise awareness!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

New reusable produce bags – HUGE impact on plastic waste!

Posted on August 14, 2014

One of the healthiest things you can do for your family is eat fresh vegetables and fruit.  So don’t you wish there was an alternative to those plastic produce bags?  They’re really hard to re-use because they’re so thin, which makes them single-use-and-to-the-landfill plastic.  Ugh.
Plastic Produce Bags

Eco-friendly shoppers have gone to great lengths to find alternatives. But you know me, I want it both easy AND green!

So I am SO excited about the brand new Norwex Reusable Produce Bags! They’re so EASY to use!  Durable (strong mesh polyester weave), washable, and of course BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and lead-free.

Reusable Produce Bags

You can:

  • Scan and weigh produce inside the bags
  • Wash, rinse and store right in the bag!

You’ll not only need a set for your own house, but what an amazing teacher gift, hostess gift, or housewarming gift!

If our family uses these bags once a week, we’ll save 150 plastic produce bags a year.  Last year in the US, 1,440,000 homes purchased Norwex products.  If all of those homes switch to reusable produce bags, we will use 216 MILLION fewer plastic produce bags in one year!!

Won’t our oceans be happy?