What better way to mark the arrival of spring than doing some spring cleaning? It’s the perfect time to declutter your home and get rid of the junk you don’t need anymore. While you’re cleaning up your home, why not help clean up the ocean, too? With all the plastic polluting our oceans and harming wildlife each year, spring cleaning in nature is desperately needed. Here’s how you can help clean up the ocean.
How much plastic is in the ocean?
Plastic can be a problem, but how big of a problem is it really? 350 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, with half of this created for disposable packaging and containers. That means that after just one use, half of all plastic becomes waste. A plastic water bottle takes 450 years to biodegrade, and landfills in the US are overflowing with 2 million tons of thrown-out water bottles. People in the US also use 500 million plastic straws every day – that’s enough to wrap around the earth’s circumference 2.5 times every day! Single-use plastic burdens our waste system and even enters our own water and food as micro-plastic particles.
Plastic also pollutes our oceans and harms wildlife. Eight million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, flowing there from 10 major rivers. That’s one garbage truck of plastic every minute. Eight million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, and by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish.
How our Recycle and Recover program helps keep the ocean clean
As a company committed to environmental sustainability, we find these statistics unsettling. So, we decided to do something about it and created our Recycle and Recover program. Each purchase of a Healthy Human water bottle or tumbler removes 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of ocean plastic. That means you can recycle and recover 80 plastic bottles worth of ocean plastic with your purchase.
Our Recycle and Recover program works by attaching impact to our products so you can help address the problem of plastic in the ocean and make the planet a healthier place for everyone. We’ve partnered with Empower AS and Verdn to ensure each Healthy Human product makes an impact. Using a streamlined impact linked to sales, we match your purchase to plastic brought into collection points in 15 countries. Each piece of deposited plastic is then traced using blockchain technology to make sure it gets removed from the waste stream and instead enters the value stream. Your plastic removal also supports the collection point’s local economy, as a waste collector earns a financial reward each time they deposit plastic.
Through our Recycle and Recover program, we strive for our eco-friendly, refillable water bottles and tumblers to make an impact on an even larger scale and to help you make a positive impact on the environment.
Why we care
We all call planet earth home. At Healthy Human, our mission is to inspire you to #LiveLifeHealthy and contribute to a healthier planet. To make both of those things easier, we offer innovative, eco-friendly products like reusable water bottles, tumblers, and more that support your healthy lifestyle while replacing single-use plastic. We envision a world where we have both a healthy planet and healthy humans for an all-around healthy life.
How else does Healthy Human give back?
We’re committed to helping clean up our oceans, but that’s not our only passion. We strive to make the planet a healthier place in a number of ways, including our Give Back 1% initiative. Each time you purchase a Healthy Human product, we donate 1% of the funds to partnering organizations that align with our purpose. We donate 1% of our USA net direct to consumer sales revenue on a quarterly basis to organizations working in high-impact areas and supporting health and wellness in communities, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and education and awareness. We want every dollar we give back to support initiatives that promote respect for people and the planet and take a human approach to solving problems.
We have supported various organizations through our Give Back 1% initiative, including Ocean Blue Project, The FarmLink Project, and GirlTrek. Ocean Blue Project organizes ocean, beach, and river cleanups across the country and around the world and is committed to removing 1 million pounds of plastic from the environment by 2025. The FarmLink Project addresses the linked problems of farmworker job insecurity, surplus food waste, and food banks’ needs by paying farmworker wages, buying surplus food, and making sure the food gets delivered to food banks in their communities. GirlTrek aims to inspire one million African American women to walk on a daily basis through its civil rights movement-inspired program and by organizing neighborhood walking teams.
We have also encouraged the switch from single-use plastics to reusable products like stainless steel straws by partnering with One Less Straw to offer a discount to people who sign the pledge to reduce single-use plastic, we’ve donated 50% of sales from our Stainless Steel Straw kit to the Surfrider Foundation, Charleston Chapter, and we’re a proud sponsor of Charleston’s Strawless Summer Campaign.
Additionally, we’ve given back by adopting a two-mile stretch of highway and cleaning it up four times a year, creating bottles for The American Heart Association’s Life is Why We Give Campaign and donating 10% of proceeds to the organization, creating a Thin Red Line Stein and donating 10% of each purchase to 555 Fitness (a non-profit dedicated to firefighters), and sponsoring and participating in beach cleanups near Charleston.
How can you help?
Single-use plastic is a problem that continues to pollute our oceans, harm wildlife, and even end up in our own food and water in the form of micro-plastic particles. This spring season, as you’re cleaning up your home, consider also cleaning up your larger home: Planet Earth. By purchasing Healthy Human water bottles and tumblers, you help remove plastic from the ocean and give back to communities around the world. By swapping plastic water bottles for our reusable ones, you also prevent plastic from ending up in the trash to begin with. Want to learn more about how your purchases make a positive impact? Click hereto learn about our Recycle and Recover program and other initiatives.