Trash Talk Blog
because it's time to break up with plastics
Our love affair with plastic is over, but it’s hard to walk away. Almost everything we buy is made from or packaged in the stuff. But plastics are trashing our beautiful planet. We need to get real and figure out what to do about this unhealthy relationship.
Recycling won’t do it.
You probably recycle what you can, only to hear in the news that plastic waste could double by 2030. No matter how conscientious we are less than 10% of plastics are recycled. California and other states are passing laws to address this, but it will take years for the results to show. And meanwhile we can do it now.
The best way to keep plastic out of the environment is to keep it out of our shopping carts.
Welcome to Unplastix. We will make it easy for you to find brilliantly designed products that have transitioned away from harmful plastics. We will review and link to innovative products for beauty, hair, skin, teeth, your home, pets, children, and more. Many are created by new companies that don’t have the marketing budgets to make themselves noticed. We are on a mission to find them and give them the attention they deserve.
We will continuously add new products and review how well they meet these high standards:
- made and packaged without harmful plastics
Meet the new bioplastics
If you didn’t know much about bioplastics made from hemp, seaweed, and other plants you are in for some pleasant surprises.
Unplastix will feature companies creating and using new biodegradable plastics.
For example, Sway is using seaweed to create compostable plastic wraps, packaging, and bags. Notpla makes edible plastic packaging from seaweed. If you don’t care to eat the package you can simply toss it in the compost bin. The Hemp Plastic Company and Sana Packaging are two of many new companies that provide other businesses with jars, containers, and packaging made from biodegradable and compostable hemp plastics. Fashion designers are using vegan leathers made from fruits and plants instead of plastic. We’ll showcase some of their distinctive bags, purses, shoes and clothing.
Enjoy the new look
There’s a visual appeal to plastic alternatives that will probably grow on you. Your living space will take on a new aesthetic with everyday items made of wood, glass, natural bristles, stones, and other creative materials. They’ll remind you that you’re on the leading edge of a global redesign.
Bend the market
Companies respond to what consumers buy. Every time you purchase something that has moved away from harmful plastics you make a statement and contribute to powerful change. You strengthen the new, innovative companies who have put everything on the line for a healthy planet. Larger companies will notice that consumers want products designed and packaged with the planet in mind. They will change to meet consumer demand. You can drive this change with your purchasing power.
Be a shoptavist
Unplastix will bring the future of health and well-being into the present by empowering those who want it now. You can be a shoptavist, not just a shopper. Use your power as an activist and consumer to change the marketplace, heal the planet, and reduce harmful plastics. Boost the power of the amazing companies that are exploring and inventing a healthier future. And let big businesses know that you want them to redesign with the planet in mind.
It’s time to dump plastics and move on!
so we can clean up this mess
It’s what we as consumers can do about the combined global crisis of plastic waste and global warming. It’s a double whammy that’s trending in the wrong direction.
Unplastix will empower consumers to take direct action with significant impact.
We are all consumers, and our choices make a huge difference. If we simply stopped buying products made and packaged with harmful plastics we could turn this around. But where do we find these products?
Unplastix will find them for you. We will source and review everyday items that you can easily purchase at the speed of click. And here’s why it’s so important.
According to the UN report, Our Planet is Choking on Plastic due in large part to what we throw away. Disposable packaging is 36% of all plastic that’s produced. Add to that all the containers marked with the recycle symbol. Most of those also end up in landfills or oceans where they will never biodegrade.
When it comes to recycling most of us are righteously confused.
We aren’t sure what to recycle and what to toss. If it has a recycle symbol most of us throw it into the green bin. The fact is, that little recycle symbol can be misleading. It means the item can be recycled under certain conditions. However, those conditions don’t exist for most plastics. Less than 10% are recycled. We simply don’t have the infrastructure required to sort one kind of plastic from another, and then complete the process of breaking it down so that it can be reused. It costs less to dispose of it and make more new plastics out of fossil fuel.
Plastic is big business for the oil industry.
Companies such as ExxonMobile and DowDupont are increasing their investments in it, according to a CNBC report. As we transition to renewable power and electric vehicles, oil profits are declining. Oil companies are banking on plastics for increased revenue growth. They’re particularly focused on developing countries where they believe the demand will grow. Hopefully, they will be disappointed. 175 nations have agreed to develop a global plan to drastically reduce plastic waste, and here’s why.
Most plastic is made from fossil fuel, and it does not biodegrade. It becomes brittle and breaks into smaller and smaller pieces, finding its way into our ecosystems, wildlife, and food chain. It has made a mess of our oceans and beaches. It’s consumed by birds, fish, and other wildlife killing them slowly and painfully. Now it’s in us. National Geographic recently reported that Microplastics are in our bodies, sounding a new level of alarm. The extent to which we are harmed by toxic nanoplastics circulating through our organs is being studied and debated. But why wait for that bad news?
Unplastix is for people who want to care for the planet while caring for themselves and their families.
The best way to keep plastics out of our bodies and environment is to stop buying them. When it’s time to buy more toothpaste, shampoo, dish soap, cosmetics, pet supplies, or anything else on your list check Unplastix. Chances are we have several options to choose from.
You’ll find information and reviews on an ever-increasing number of items that have moved away from harmful plastics. All are earth-friendly, cruelty-free, and easy to buy at the speed of click.
You will soon be able to review and shop for cleaning, laundry and pet care products.
We will search high and low for products that do the job without toxins or plastics.
We are constantly looking for products that will make it easy for you to take care of yourself and the planet at the same time.
Our standards are as high as yours. We consider these criteria and more in our reviews. We also want your feedback and recommendations.