- 22 Nov 2016
We are always looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the planet. We produce a range of chemical-free cleaning products that minimise waterways pollution. We manufacture our range of reusable products via virtually zero waste methods and use minimal packaging. We even recycle our sustainable products after use into energy efficient products such as home insulation!
The time and effort that goes into making a business sustainable and environmentally responsible is huge, and with ENJO’s heritage dating back to 1985…we’ve had almost 30 years’ to perfect the process, but as we see it, it’s a must.
Unlike generations before us, we can actually measure the impact our day to day lives have on the planet, we can quantify our annual carbon emissions, we can calculate the millions of tonnes of waste in landfill, and how much of that will never actually biodegrade. Not only can we measure this, we can forecast the influence our current lifestyles will have on our plant in the future.
Turning our attention to the sustainable and reusable in all aspects of our lives makes so much sense…in more ways than one. So while we’ve been busy promoting a healthy and chemical-free lifestyle, we’ve been doing some research that lead to us introducing a limited edition Tote Bag into our range.
We’d be surprised if you didn’t know that plastic bags are a problem...a big problem. Australians use around 4 billion plastic bags each year1, and it costs the Australian Government $4 million a year to clean them up2. Of those 4 billion an estimated 50 million end up in our waterways and oceans1. The damaging effects of plastic on marine life is evident, with animals often mistaking plastic for food. Getting an accurate figure on the amount of marine life that have ingested plastic is difficult, however a study of 370 leatherback sea turtle autopsies found that one in three had plastic in their stomach, most often a plastic bag3.
The thing that makes this problem even bigger is that…plastic lasts a long time. Plastic is highly durable and a relatively new synthetic material, meaning every little bit of plastic that has ever been made, is likely to still exists somewhere on this planet. So as we continue to use plastic, the problem is only ever growing4.
Aside from the obvious impact to marine life such as animals getting tangled and ingesting the pieces of plastic, plastic bags can also release the toxic additives into the environment5, these chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and make their way into the food chain.
Concerns with the use of plastic bags has been raise by environmentalists since the 80s, and we’ve steadily being seeing a rise in countries banning their use with Denmark leading the way with the first ban back in 19934.
The answer? Like most inspired solutions, the answer really is quite simple. Reusable shopping bags! We know things in life can become routine, convenience overcomes our best efforts to do the right thing, but by us all just making small, simple changes to our daily routines we can lead healthier lives and protect our planet for the future.
So ditch the plastic and make these simple switches to your daily routine to make a long overdue difference.
Totes time to find a tote
Find yourself a tote bag you love and use it! ENJO’s shopping bag is insulated, perfect for keeping groceries cool – and with many, many options out there, we’re sure you’ll find one you love. Keep a few handy in the boot of your car so you’re never caught without. Host an ENJO Demo and get your reusable cleaning system and shopping bag together!
Think sustainable storage
Instead of storing food with Glad® ClingWrap, invest in airtight glass storage containers or mason jars. There are some beautiful ranges out there and they can go straight into the microwave for reheating.
For something so small, they cause a huge problem. Reducing straw use would have a really big impact…and considering that for the most part they aren’t really necessary, just opt out! If you really, really like drinking through a straw, recyclable paper and even reusable metal straws are the answer.
Avoid pre-packaged foods
When you’re on your usual shopping trip, think twice about purchasing items heavily packaged in plastic, and think again before separating your fruit and veg into additional plastic bags…there are some great eco-friendly alternatives.
Reusable water bottles only
A hot topic at ENJO HQ and a recent blog post, we covered ‘our fave reusable drinks bottles’ and exposed all the reasons why we should turn back to the tap.
Don’t give up coffee…
Just the reusable cup. Makers of arguably the best coffee in the world, it’s no surprise Australian’s can’t get enough. Have a think how often you grab a coffee, in its recyclable cup…with the plastic lid. With so many beautiful designs invest in a keepcup, some coffee shops reward the sustainable and charge you less!
Image source: Shop Naturally
Cleaning chemicals are packaged in the most durable types of plastic, choose a reusable, chemical-free cleaning routine and remove harmful chemicals and unwanted plastics from your home with one product.
Avoid disposable anything
Sound simple? Spend one day making a conscious effort to identify and avoid anything disposable. You might be quite surprised at how accustomed we are to single use and disposable products. A great way to show you where you can make a simple change.
Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic found in facial cleansers and scrubs heading straight for our oceans. Their damaging effects have already lead to a ban in the US6, plus, we all know natural is best when it comes to skin care. Bring on brighter skin with Santé’s fibre skin care range, the ultimate in chemical-free skin care.
Sign the petition
Ban the Bag is a petition set up by Greenpeace addressing Australian Sate Environment Ministers. Highlighting the importance of reducing plastics in our oceans, sign-up and empower your State to make the change.
Image source: Greenpeace
3. Nicholas Mrosovsky et al., Leatherback Turtles: The Menace of Plastic, 58 Marine Pollution Bulletin 287, 288 (2009).