How to choose pollution-free products.
Did you know there is an extensive range of eco-friendly products and garments to choose from?
It’s been two years since the BBC aired its beautifully produced follow up series to ‘Planet Earth’, but most who watched it will probably still remember the harrowing footage of plastic pollution that seemed to surround these creatures. Producers say that there was rarely a dive that they went on where they didn’t come across some sort of plastic that had been discarded. This juxtaposition of natural beauty and human waste made for particularly uncomfortable, yet undeniably powerful viewing. According to UNESCO, substances such as plastics account for around 80% of marine pollution, and every square mile of ocean contains around 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. It’s even been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the world’s oceans.
Most of this probably isn’t news to you, or at least the idea that we have a plastics problem won’t be. The ‘war on plastic’ is an incredibly hot topic at the moment and an increasing number of people are looking for alternatives that will help them, their families and their businesses reduce their impact on the planet… and maybe, dare we say it, enjoy a bit of extra kudos for doing something socially responsible!
Here at Streamline we’ve long offered our clients a range of eco-friendly options to choose from. You might be surprised at the sort of products and merchandise we have which come with peace of mind in terms of sustainability; from the everyday items like bags, reusable drinks cups and clothing to the more unusual products such as flash drive boxes, lanyards and apparently endless incarnations of recycled plastic.
In fact, recycled materials are becoming more and more versatile. Take for example the recent news that Italian football team Juventus have produced a strip made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. We found this particularly interesting for two reasons. Firstly, it goes to show how useful so-called ‘waste’ can be. Secondly, a big name from an industry not normally associated with its sustainability credentials using its platform to make a bold move that really says something positive about its brand? Commendable stuff.
It’s not just plastic found out at sea that can be transformed into something useful. Did you know that bamboo can be turned into a huge variety of things including, mugs, notebooks, bags (the list goes on...)? It’s a fantastic material to use for many different reasons. In terms of the planet it doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizer to grow because it’s naturally anti-bacterial. Neither does it need to go through the de-inking process (which uses harmful chemicals such as BPA). Not only that but anti-fungal and odour resistant properties make it super-friendly to your skin when used in clothing. Even materials such as cork, fishing lines and old clothing can be turned into something that’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
The options are out there. If you’re keen to make sure your brand doesn’t float into shot in the next series of Planet Earth, why not get in touch with one of our experts to find out what viable and exciting options we have for you to choose from!