Tagged: reduce plastic use

Scary Facts About Plastic Water Bottles

These facts appeared in our Norwex consultant newsletter (because this is the kind of thing that gets us motivated!) and I just had to share:

Did you know…

  • More than 60 million plastic water bottles are discarded every DAY.  At best, they are ending up in landfills where they take up to 700 years to decompose.  Sadly, many of them end up as litter or in our lakes and rivers.
  • Just in North America, the plastic water bottles we use in a year require more than 15 MILLION barrels of oil for manufacturing, transport, and disposal.  That would fuel about 100,000 cars for a YEAR.
  • The energy used by consuming single-use plastic bottles could power 190,000 homes.
  • Recycling ONE plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for 6 hours.
  • The Recycling Institute says only about one in six plastic bottles sold in North America is recycled.  That means, of every 60 million water bottles we use, 50 MILLION end up in landfills or as litter.

Are you moved to action?  Will YOU be the one making sure plastic bottles are recycled at your next family or company event?

“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!

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?