Every year, Americans use millions of tons of plastic just once before throwing it away—and much of it ends up in our oceans. Together, we can change this habit and find better solutions to reduce our reliance on plastic.
Once we know better, we should do better. This has been our motto at City Maid Green since our beginnings. We learned about the harmful ingredients in so many household cleaners and decided to develop a cleaner that was good for people + planet. We’ve practiced thoughtfulness towards what goes into our cleaners and now we’re taking that same thoughtfulness to revolutionize how our products are packaged and to help create a culture that focuses on reducing and reusing.
We’ve learned that recycling is a great place to start but not an ideal place to stop. Most plastics can only be recycled once and with plastic taking thousands of years to biodegrade, that means 100% of the plastic produced in the last 30 years is still in existence today! In our landfills, our oceans and now in us.
Where do we go from here?
In effort to eliminate single use plastic as well as a reliance upon plastic, City Maid Green is revolutionizing cleaning again by developing one of the first zero waste cleaners. We’re ditching plastic bottles for reusable glass bottles and introducing concentrated eco refills for all of our household cleaners. Buy the bottle and sprayer once and refill endlessly. Our eco refills are packaged in small glass bottles and can be recycled or reused.
While most plastics can only be recycled once before losing material integrity, glass can be recycled endlessly. It can also more easily be reused without leeching harmful plastic chemicals and keeps the integrity of the solution it’s holding.
Things you should know about plastic pollution
- The equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute.
- Nearly all plastic ever produced still exists.
- Nearly all ocean pollution comes from land.
- By 2050 it is projected that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean (by weight).
- One in four fish tested contain plastic. This plastic is entering the food chain and ends up on our plates.
- Tens of thousands of marine animals are killed every year from plastic bag litter when they mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish.
- Plastic is linked to cancers, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
- Exposure to plastic can impact fertility, pregnancy, and can affect the fetus by interfering with testosterone, disrupting normal sexual development. This disruption is not often apparent until adulthood and includes the increased risk of cancer.