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Celebrating World Ocean Day

Celebrating World Ocean Day

  • by Clare Austin

Refill vs. Recycling: A Sustainable Choice for Our Oceans

World Ocean Day, celebrated annually on June 8th, is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about the crucial role our oceans play in our ecosystem and the pressing need to protect them. At neat, we believe that sustainability starts at home. Our mission is to provide eco-friendly cleaning solutions that not only keep your home sparkling clean but also safeguard our oceans from the devastating impact of plastic pollution. This World Oceans Day, let's explore why refilling is a more effective solution than recycling for keeping plastic out of our oceans and how Neat's refillable products can help you make a meaningful difference.

The Problem with Plastic Pollution

Our oceans are drowning in plastic. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enter our oceans, wreaking havoc on marine life and ecosystems. This plastic doesn't just vanish; it breaks down into microplastics, which are ingested by marine animals and ultimately enter our food chain, posing serious health risks.

One of the major contributors to ocean plastic pollution is single-use plastic packaging. Household cleaning products, often packaged in single-use plastic bottles, are a significant part of this problem. While recycling is commonly touted as a solution, it's not as effective as we might hope.

Recycling: A Partial Solution

Recycling has been promoted as a key strategy for managing plastic waste. However, the reality is that only about 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, incinerators, or our environment. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Contamination: Many plastics are contaminated with food residues or mixed with other non-recyclable materials, making them difficult or impossible to recycle.
  2. Economic Factors: Recycling plastic is often more expensive than producing new plastic, leading to a lack of economic incentive for recycling facilities.
  3. Downcycling: Plastics that are recycled often end up being downcycled into lower-quality products that cannot be recycled again, perpetuating the cycle of waste.

Given these limitations, it's clear that recycling alone cannot solve the plastic pollution crisis.

Refilling: A Superior Alternative

Refilling offers a more sustainable and effective approach to reducing plastic waste. By reusing containers multiple times, we can significantly cut down on the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our oceans. Here’s why refilling is a better choice:

  1. Waste Reduction: Refilling eliminates the need for single-use plastic bottles. A single refillable container can replace dozens of disposable ones, drastically reducing plastic waste.
  2. Resource Efficiency: Producing new plastic bottles requires significant amounts of energy and water. By refilling, we reduce the demand for these resources and lower our carbon footprint.
  3. Money Saving: Refillable products often lead to cost savings for consumers in the long run, as they are cheaper than continuously purchasing single-use items.

Neat's Commitment to Sustainability

At neat, we are dedicated to providing sustainable cleaning solutions that help protect our oceans and the planet. Our products are designed with the environment in mind, from the ingredients we use to the packaging we choose. Here’s how switching to neat refills can make a difference:

  1. Eliminating Single-Use Plastic: Our refillable bottles are made to be reused countless times. By using neat refills, you can help eliminate single-use plastic from your cleaning routine.
  2. Reducing Water Waste: Traditional cleaning products often contain up to 90% water. Neat's concentrates minimise water content, allowing you to add your own water at home. This reduces the environmental impact of transporting heavy, water-laden products.
  3. Eco-Friendly Ingredients: Our products are formulated with plant based biodegradable ingredients that are safe for the environment, ensuring that no harmful chemicals end up in our waterways.

Making the Switch to neat

Making the switch to neat is easy and impactful. Here are a few steps to get started:

  1. Choose Your Starter Kit: Select from a range of neat starter kits that include reusable bottles and concentrated refills.
  2. Refill and Reuse: Once your initial supply runs out, simply purchase a one off refill or for convenience or why not check out our subscription offers.  Everything we make is designed to last, reducing the frequency of repurchases and waste generation.
  3. Spread the Word: Share your sustainable cleaning journey with friends and family. Encourage them to make the switch to refillable products and join the fight against plastic pollution.

This World Oceans Day, let's protect our oceans by making smarter choices at home. Refilling is a simple yet powerful way to reduce plastic waste and preserve the health of our oceans. By choosing neat’s refillable cleaning products, you are taking a stand against single-use plastics and contributing to a cleaner, greener future.

Together, we can make a significant impact. Happy World Oceans Day from all of us at neat!