On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to march and raise awareness about the environmental impacts industries and human activities were having on the Earth. Since then, Earth Day has become an annual event that is now celebrated globally and run by the Earth Day Network (EDN). This year, EDN announced 2018 efforts “will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.”
While Earth Day may happen only once a year, The Seaweed Bath Co. strives to embody the spirit of Earth Day every day in our mission and values.
To save plastic that otherwise may end up in our oceans, our shampoos, conditioners, and body washes use 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Since 2012, the Seaweed Bath Co. has used 2,450,000 post-consumer recycled bottles for our products, conserving roughly 122,500 lbs (or 1,960,000 oz) of plastic!
Using recycled bottles ensures that no new plastic is being made for this, saving oil and reducing greenhouse emissions. Life Cycle Inventory studies claim that if just 1 out of every 200,000 people used post-consumer recycled bottles the impact could be huge.
How huge? 1150 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are eliminated (the equivalent of 240 cars a year)! View the full report and impacts.
Our hero ingredient, bladderwrack seaweed is sustainably harvested off the coast of Maine. The seaweed is cut in a way that allows it to grow to the same size or larger within a 36 month period. Additionally, as part of our commitment to the environment, we work to make intelligent, responsible raw material choices and choose ingredients from renewable plant sources whenever possible. At times, we choose not to use a plant-derived material for reasons of efficacy, consistency and safety. Furthermore, our products do not contain ingredients such as ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates.
We love our furry friends and consider them family. That’s why we do not test on animals and our products are Leaping Bunny Certified. Besides our love for animals, we are true lovers of the environment and take steps in our daily lives to do what we can to reduce, reuse, or recycle both as a team and as individuals. Our headquarters in Boulder both recycle and compost in the office. As individuals, we do what we can daily to make a meaningful impact.
We asked our team how they live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:
“We use only eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products (some store-bought and some DIY) in our house. With two young kids, we are constantly cleaning and doing laundry. We find these cleaning products to be just as effective, and because they do not have all of the chemicals and carcinogens, way less harmful for our children and the environment. “ - Allison Grossman, Co-Founder
“I purposely moved to a walkable neighborhood so that I could walk to the grocery store, restaurants, and coffee shops. I also use a people-powered lawn mower because it’s more eco-friendly.” - Kim, CEO
“We have a wood Pellet stove at our house, and use wood pellets as our primary source of heat. Wood pellets are a renewable, sustainable resource. “ - Mark, Sales
“I bring re-usable bags for all of my shopping purposes, as well as a reusable water bottles and coffee container to ensure I am not using Single Use Cups. I even have a re-usable straw to combat plastic waste! We also recycle and compost at home. I also volunteer at Local Food Banks and our Local Surfrider when I can!” -Chelsea, Sales
“I always keep a few reusable bags in my car to make sure I never forget them when out and about and decide at the last minute to go grocery shopping!” - Lindsay S., Operations
“I always take my refillable water bottle everywhere I go, even in restaurants that have self-serve water stations so I can fill up there and not use their plastic cups. It's also great for travel since all airports have water filling stations past security, so you can always keep hydrated (while saving plastic and money)." - Alex, Operations & Customer Service
“When taking showers, I try to stick to 3-4 minutes total to conserve as much water as possible. Sometimes it's only 30 seconds to a minute!” - Hannah, Marketing
“I use cloth napkins at home to cut down on paper waste and disposable napkins!” - Lindsay W., Marketing
What are you favorite eco-friendly tips?
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