Single use plastics, textile waste and other harmful materials contributing to the outpouring of pollution on our planet. How Bonnie Theodora is striving for a better future for our kiddos and how you can help too.
Let’s start with Plastic!
The world is currently producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic each year, a significant amount of which will end up in the oceans.
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest 79% has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
About half of that is single-use plastic and is thrown away immediately after use. It is estimated that about one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In the United States alone, more than 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day.
How can you help?!
Just say no to single use bags! Take your own reusable bags to the grocery store! Reusable water bottles...yes, please! Stainless steel or glass water bottles are cute, durable and are BPA free, a harmful chemical used when making some plastics. AND one of the biggest ways to help is saying no to the plastic straw! Stainless steel and silicone straws, is the way to go! You can buy them almost anywhere, in any color!
And don’t get me started on Textile Waste...or Wait! Do!
Textile Waste is defined as a material that becomes unusable for it's original purpose. The average person throws out about 82 pounds of textile waste per year. Textiles clog up landfills, taking up approximately 126 million cubic yards and that’s just one year’s worth.
Most fabrics have toxic dyes and chemicals that can attach to the soil causing contamination. When fabrics start to decompose (which can take hundreds of years) they release methane, which is one of the leading causes of global warming.
How can you help?
Next time you clean out your closet you can donate good condition items to thrift stores or even better a charity...pour condition items can be recyeled! Yup, even those old stinky rotten sneakers! The rubber soles can be shredded into crumb rubber for use as an asphalt or soil additive. AMAZING! Just search "textile recycling" in your area.
Why Organic is Best!
The main difference between organic and non-organic farming is that organic crops are not treated with toxic pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer. These toxins are very harmful for the farmers, workers, consumers and the entire wildlife eco-system.
Organic farming can also help keep our water supply clean. Harmful pesticides and toxic fertilizer can runoff into our rivers and cause pollution. Organic cotton is also typically better quality.
Organic cotton farmers are known to pick cotton by hand instead of using machines. Using machines to harvest can cause the seeds and oils to mix with the cotton, then most non-organic farms usually clean the cotton with harsh chemicals to remove the seeds and oils. Organic cotton is just cleaner and can even be stronger.
How Is Bonnie Theodora helping?
Bonnie Theodora strives to be as eco-friendly as possible! All of our fabrics, threads, packaging and marketing supplies are all organic and or recycled. We use as much of our fabric scraps as possible to create bows, twine, reusable food wrap and even a woven rug!
Our most fav thing to create with our fabric scraps are port pillows. Port Pillows are created for a person going through chemotherapy with a and wearing a seatbelt is just not comfortable, these little pillows are strapped to the seatbelt, making driving or riding more comfy. Our Port Pillows are not for sale, ONLY donated!
Cathy and I are always researching and learning new ways to help our environement. This little blog is just a fun place to share what we have learned and how we are changing and growing...If just one person reads this and decides to say “no, thanks” when offered a plastic straw or decides to grab a reusable bag the next time they go to the grocery store, then this time spent in this coffee shop typing has been well worth it.