I went into a restaurant the other day to grab a quick salad. As I was waiting for my food to be delivered to my table, I noticed a sign above the drink station:
“We want to do our part for the environment! Order a 32 oz drink today and get all refills for 99c.”
I had to suppress a true lol moment. The water cups were single-use plastic. The different sized soda cups were paper but coated in a polyethylene plastic wax. The utensils in the bin were plastic. The plates were Styrofoam, which isn’t just non-biodegradable, but also contains toxic chemicals that can leach into the food it’s touching. The ramekins for the salsa bar were … plastic.
The sign was funny because the restaurant wasn’t really trying to offer environmentally conscious alternatives at all; they were trying to make a sale. And though I giggled at the irony of the poster, I didn’t really find it funny at all, when I have seen the damage our plastic waste is causing for marine ecosystems. It is estimated that about a third of all the plastic we produce escapes collection systems and ends up in our oceans instead. These plastics get wrapped around unsuspecting marine life, and never break down.
I can’t be the only one who is getting tired of marketing and advertising ploys claiming to be one thing, but then cutting numerous corners and doing the complete opposite to increase their bottom line. Shouldn’t we all be able to agree that to keep the planet healthy for generations of people to enjoy, we need to work together to make environmental protection a priority?
Moments like this: where companies or restaurants use a growing movement to cash in on sales, often leave me feeling discouraged and cynical. Which is why I am continually impressed and thankful for companies like Stream2Sea, whose main goal is to protect the planet in every company decision they make. Not only did they run numerous tests to make sure their sunscreens and skincare products were biodegradable and non-toxic, they haven’t cut any corners on how they package their products either.
Instead of using common pepetroleum-basedlastics to package, which would defeat the purpose of their entire green movement, their tubes are made from sugarcane resins, their 32 oz bottles are made from recycled water bottles and milk jugs, and their baggies are made with biodegradable and recyclable PLA (Polylactic Acid) film.