Tuesday Tip: You’re Only One Decision Away From Living A Totally Different Life

We are SO excited that we got our hands on our first official Conscious Crates product today! 🌿 We can’t WAIT until we can finally share this with you!

We knew immediately that we intended to sample one for ourselves, so not only was it the anticipation of officially being able to say we owned our first products for our store that’s going to help us get closer to accomplishing our mission, but we were able to check another eco swap off of our own personal list! ✅

The funny thing was though, when we went to grab our sample to try, we found ourselves feeling a little scared. Our minds filled with what if scenarios like what if we don’t love it as much as our old non sustainable one? What if we revert back to our old comfort zones? What if we WANT to switch but aren’t ready to make the commitment? 🤯

Fear & comfort are important reasons why we as a society haven’t changed. It’s easier to do & use what we know versus something that we aren’t sure of because it’s out of the norm. We KNOW plastic. We live, eat, and breathe it in some cases. Its the same logic for cars, coal, deforestation, and more. It’s comfortable to use it because it appears that everyone already does despite what we know about it. I know there are plenty of people who were like us, people who wanted to do something for so long to make the world a better place but continued to go with the flow because it was more conveniently available & priced 👎🏼

Ignoring those fears, we took the plunge and used the new eco conscious version of that product anyway. We are happy to report that NONE of those fears came true and the switch was completely worth it! We LOVED the new version that we will be selling in our shop coming soon & had no problem giving our old version a final goodbye. We realized that even though for a split second, this small but important change seemed scary, but it turned out to be just fine in the end!

After feeling a little scared anyway, we decided that our Tuesday Tip to you is to take the plunge into the life you want to live, because you’re only one decision away from living a totally different life 🌱

Continue to check back for updates on our eco shop coming soon! We want to hear from YOU on what your first eco swap was & whether you still use that swap today!


Bamboo: More Than Just A Panda Snack

If you’re anything like us, you probably think of a cute little panda eating a snack when you hear the word bamboo. What you probably don’t think about when you hear the word bamboo are all of the advantages that come with using bamboo for non-dietary purposes!

Let’s be real, big box stores where most people buy their products like Walmart, Target, Costco, etc… aren’t using bamboo as their main material when making their everyday household products. Instead, they are using plastics & non degradable materials which is contributing to the massive landfill & ocean pollution problem we have found ourselves in today.

As we laid out in our most recent Instagram post (catch up on our feed here), there’s a TON of plastic waste material flowing into our oceans…and when we say tons, we really mean 8 million tons. What’s worse is that 80% of said ocean pollution comes from onshore plastic waste from everyday people like many of us reading (and writing) this article.

But let’s be real again, nothing in this article that you have read thus far is “new” news. These aren’t groundbreaking revolutions or facts. Pollution has been evident for years however big box stores STILL have yet to make the eco switch…. or really even address it at all.

Plastic is used as a common material is making items like straws, cups, plates, food containers, coffee lids, and more. Most people might assume that these items using plastic are doing so because that is the only option we have, but bamboo is a more sustainable and eco conscious option.

Bamboo, a material that Conscious Crates intends to incorporate into their shop coming soon, is a 100% biodegrade and renewable resource that can be used for various different products! Bamboo based products can replace products like straws, cups, mugs, make up brushes, toothbrushes, and more that are usually made out of plastic. Not only do they help the environment and keep our water clean, the products also have a sturdier & more natural look to fit in with any type of home decor or color scheme you already have flowing in your home!

Switching one household item from plastic to eco friendly & sustainable is easy when you do it in stages! You don’t need to break your budget to go zero waste all at once but you can start now by making small steps.

On your next grocery trip, buy a couple reusable grocery bags instead of using the plastic at the store. Or maybe instead of buying your normal plastic container of detergent pods, opt in to buy an eco friendly brand like Planet Inc. that uses more friendly ingredients and biodegradable packaging.

Tell us below 👇🏼 what item you have already or plan on switching out for a more sustainable option!

A Plastic Ocean: Why I Stopped Using Certain Plastic Products Today & You Should Too

After watching A Plastic Ocean today, I made a commitment to stop using plastic water bottles & grocery bags immediately while making a promise of finding other ways to exclude plastic products from my life as well. If your unsure of why you should make the switch and need that one reason to push you over to the green side, this movie will do the trick.

A Plastic Ocean is an eye opening documentary that can be found on your household Netflix account & is an overwhelming first hand look at how plastic pollution in our ocean is affecting the health of our ecosystem. It’s 102 minutes of watching director & journalist Craig Leeson travel the ocean to examine the effects of pollution with the experts themselves.

** hint hint** plastic water bottles and bags are a huge part of it.

In just the first 16 minutes of watching the film, 19 million pounds of plastic was produced around the world. 16 minutes = 19 million pounds. It’s hard to imagine that much plastic in one place. What is harder to imagine is that more plastic has been produced in the last 10 years than the century prior to that. That means all of us are the cause of those results.

Everyday products like plastic waster bottles and micro-beads that are found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, & cosmetics are polluting our oceans. We buy these products from box stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, and Sams Club because it’s what is the cheapest & most available. We buy products wrapped & packaged in plastic, then proceed to carry them home in plastic bags, which ends up being thrown away once the product has been consumed or used. The majority of this plastic is improperly discarded, as only 1/5th of the plastic we use globally today is recycled according to the a National Geographic, who shared these infoGraphics below:

It is a common and deadly misconception that all of our plastic just disappears when the garbage man hauls it off, like it is never to be seen again. What we don’t realize is that, in some places that we explore in the film, the plastic bottles & particles of broken apart plastic were found almost 5,249 feet down into ocean on its floor where plastic doesn’t belong, affecting those who live and eat there. That’s a long way down.

Plastic Facts from A Plastic Ocean

5 trillion pieces of plastic are in our oceans

80% of the ocean plastic is generated from onshore sources

300 pounds of plastic waste per person is from single use products

300 million tons of plastic would be produced in the next year at the time the film was made

Plastic doesn’t degrade, only breaks up into smaller pieces over time

  • How Sea-Life is being affected
  • When plastic ends up in the ocean, the pieces will eventually break up due to the motion from the waves, ultra violet radiation from the sun, and salt. These plastic particles called Micro-plastics absorb chemicals from the ocean, making them toxic.
  • These toxic Micro-plastics are accidentally consumed by creatures such as Whales, Fish, and Seabirds as they feed on other ocean life like krill and smaller fish. Eventually, the animal dies from the plastic built up in the stomach or from the toxins living in the plastic itself.
  • Fish is a large part of the human diet. Some of our favorite seafood dishes include the fish that are consuming these toxic particles that we put into the ocean, When we are throwing our plastic away, its ending up in the ocean, being consumed by fish, which are being caught, then being sold to eventually end up on our plates.
  • What we can do starting today
  • Conscious Crates Co. was specifically designed to teach people how to transition into a more eco friendly lifestyle. A Plastic Ocean gave us a reason to give you as to why you should.
  • We know that an eco lifestyle is possible and there are simple and small steps we can take to do this ourselves without breaking the bank. That’s why
  • Use a non plastic reusable water bottle
  • Recycle the plastic water bottles you do use
  • Use a non plastic reusable coffee/tea mug when going to your local coffee shop
  • Use biodegradable plates, beverage, and eating utensils
  • Use reusable produce and shopping bags
  • Use reusable snack and lunch bag
  • Tell your state representative that you demand action on plastic pollution
  • It’s easy to do the wrong thing and continue our plastic life as we do today. It’s cheap & affordable now, but the cost of our future is priceless. The less our friends & family know about the crisis will elongate the issue.

    Conscious Crates Co. believes that eco friendly and sustainable products shouldn’t be a specialty sold at unaffordable prices. We are working towards a selection of earth conscious items to offer our readers, so keep checking back as we build and inventory of the right products for you & the earth. Until then, follow our blog & instagram to learn about making the switch to an eco conscious lifestyle and how you can do it too.