“THE MOST LITTERED ITEM IN THE WORLD”

That statement was from the Truth Initiative who is one of the largest anti-smoking campaigns in the United States. They’ve been working hard to spread the word that cigarette butts are one of the leading items contributing to pollution.

In 2017, they stated about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered each year. The amount of cigarettes that are littered make up 38% of ALL collected liter. That’s because 75% of all smokers dispose of their butts by throwing them on the ground or out the window of their car.

How are cigarette butts toxic?

🚬 cigarette butts have toxic chemicals like arsenic & lead which contaminated water that is needed by animals & fish.

🚬 98% of cigarette filters are made of non biodegradable plastic fibers.

🚬 cigarettes can decompose overtime but studies show that a cigarette butt only decomposed 38% after two years

Smoking is not only bad for our health but bad for our nature’s health too. Continue to check out the Truth Initiative for more informational material & action you can take!

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🌿 THE BYSTANDER EFFECT 🌿

The bystander effect is a social phenomenon where people are less likely to help a victim while others are around. One of the main reasons of this is diffusion of responsibility, assuming that someone else will take the responsibility instead.

The Bystander Effect is specific to victims, in particular human victims, however the same concept can be applied to humans helping the environment, who is a victim everyday. We can go online and see all of our fellow advocates of the earth taking steps to make changes and assume that the work is being taken care of.

Although there are so many AMAZING people out there doing their best work, we need EVERYONE to take steps to make a change. 7 billion people could all make one simple change and make an enormous impact on the issue today.

What can you do to make a change today to help the environment?

🌿 PERSONALIZED BAMBOO + CHARCOAL TOOTHBRUSHES 🌿

We couldn’t be more excited for our new products COMING SOON! Personalize a 100% biodegradable toothbrush with initials, names, or whatever your 💚 desires upon request.

Conscious Crates mission is not only to educate but help people like us to find eco friendly & sustainable options at an affordable, convenient, & fair price. Keep checking back for more education content while we continue to stock our shop until it’s perfect for you!

Comment 👇🏼 and tell us what you would have engraved on your brush!

Kamilo: Hawaii’s Most Polluted Beach

Hawaii is a beautiful place full of blue skies, clear water, and jaw dropping sunsets 🌺 But even the most breathtaking places in the world aren’t immune to waste pollution.

Besides being known for Mai Tai’s, Luau’s, and beaches for miles, Hawaii is also known for being the home of Plastic Beach, which is considered to be one of the dirtiest places on earth!

Kamilo Beach, located on shores of the Big Island, isn’t exactly what you’d picture when you think of a beach day in Hawaii. Instead of having perfect sand and waves, most people are taken back by the mass amounts of plastic that has overtaken its beauty. 🥀

The beach is an accumulation zone for plastic trash that has made it to land from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is an enormous patch of plastic waste discovered in the 1980’s, is located in the Pacific between California & Hawaii. The patch size is unknown & estimations vary as some have related it to the size of Texas while others have compared it to the massive land of Russia.

The debris found on Plastic Beach consists of 90% plastic materials from both household products & fishing materials. There are also tiny pieces of plastic called Micro-plastics that end up absorbing toxic chemicals before they get eaten by the life in the sea. 🐠

Household products we use today may not be the only cause, but it is a leading cause! What can you do to reduce your contribution to the destruction of beautiful places like these?

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!

5 Easy Ways To Be More Earth Friendly Starting Today

🌱 If you are looks for some Monday inspiration on how to be more eco conscious, look no further! Here are 5 ways you can take a small step TODAY to start making the world a cleaner, abundant, and lasting place 🌱

🌿 Don’t use that paper towel! They are NOT recyclable and after breakdown in landfills, they release methane which is a potent greenhouse gas. Switch to a reusable towel or take a few minutes to let your hands air dry!

🌿 Recycle what you KNOW can be recycled in your at home bin! Most curbside pick ups do not include items like plastic bags, produce bags, food storage bags, and more. Watch for an upcoming Conscious article on how to tell what you can recycle and what you can’t!

🌿 Invest in a reusable utensil option for work, school, & eating on the go instead of using your plastic plates & eating utensils! Bring a set of dinnerware from home or invest in a reusable set to eliminate plastic waste. Conscious Crates shop coming soon will offer an alternative option, keep checking back!

🌿 Fill up a cup! Instead of grabbing a pack of water bottles to keep you hydrated, fill up a reusable jug and pour it into a glass cup, mason jar, or a reusable bottle instead!

🌿 Get on a walk & clean up some trash! We all know that we can go on a walk through out our neighborhood and find pieces of trash along the way. A wise man once said (Bill Nye) that in order to make the world a better place, sometimes you have to clean up other peoples trash!

Comment below 👇🏼 and tell us what you will do today to give back to the earth!