Happy Earth Day!
As the climate keeps warming and weather patterns continue to astonish us, it is more important than ever to ‘give a damn’ when it comes to the environment. At the risk of preaching to the choir, we thought you might appreciate knowing a bit more about what our company does to keep care for the Earth front and centre.
We wrote a whole blog post about Environmental Stewardship being one of our core values that you can find here. Today, we’d like to share a real thorn in our side - packaging.
Businesses need to package their goods to get them to consumers, and plastics have offered lightweight, durable options, but at a huge cost. Statistics show that of the 9.2 billion tons of plastic that has been produced worldwide, only 9% has ever been recycled properly. This has lead to an immense environmental threat and the horrifying projection of more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050.
In order to solve this problem, there is much that needs to change, including lobbying governments to ensure plastic recycling is offered, education about how to recycle properly is provided, and facilities that are able to compost biodegradable plastic are built (more on that in a minute!).
Here are a few things we are doing at Gathering Place:
Fully Recyclable Packaging
- Stand-up and zipper-lock pouches
- Crinkly wrappers and bags
- Flexible packaging with plastic seal
- Woven and net plastic bags
- Non-food protective packaging
Compostable Plastic Packaging
Founder Lovena Harvey is an active member of B.C.’s Sustainable Packaging Task Force
Even with the confusion inherent in the plastic packaging problem, there are a few important things that you can do:
- Wherever you are in the world, ask your municipality or local government body for plastic recycling. Being able to take it to a depot is good, but having plastic recycling available at your curb is even better.
- Advocate for a plastic composting facility in your region.
- Wash and dry all plastic packaging before it goes into your recycling. Many people don’t realize that unwashed plastic packaging, and all the other recycling it came into contact with, usually ends up in the landfill. We have a little “clothes line” in front of our dish pit where we hang the packaging upside down until it dries enough to recycle.
As you can tell, this is a topic we are deeply invested in. If you have ideas to share, please send them our way. We hope you plant some seeds, or simply plant your feet in the dirt of our beautiful planet, today.
Happy Earth Day to you!