This post is written in partnership with Pela Case. We’re honored to work with Pela on the launch of our Planet Over Plastic month—they remind us that we can all make small changes to keep our planet and ourselves healthier and happier…always pushing to believe in better, to be better, and to do better. ~ ed.
If trending zero waste, and plastic-free sounds a bit intimidating to you:
Most of us know by now that the plastic waste we human beings produce and discard on a daily basis is a disaster for our environment.
“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” Not a distinction we should be proud of, eh?
Most of us have read that whales and turtles are dying because they’re eating all the plastic we’re making.
Most of us know that by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outnumber the fish.
That there are whole islands of plastic floating in the ocean. That there are hundreds of tiny plastic beads in many of our toothpastes and toiletries, and therefore in us.
That we’re killing this precious, beautiful, and unique planet of ours, and therefore ourselves with all our plastic consumption and waste.
Most of us know all this by now.
Why then, if we know what the problem is, aren’t more of us changing how we live, and fast?
The biggest reason: we don’t know how to change.
We struggle to break out of the convenience and abundance of plastic and other single-use products in our lives because alternatives seem difficult and inconvenient, or maybe we just aren’t sure what the alternatives are.
We’re like addicts surrounded on all sides by the very thing that’s killing us, unable to break free of our toxic habits.
It takes about a month to break a habit, but more importantly, in order to succeed we need to replace the old habit with a new behavior. And we need to become empowered gosh darn it!
We need to know that we can change, starting with one small, totally doable switch a day.
Elephant has partnered with Pela Case and Plastic Free July to help you bridge the gap between wanting to change, and knowing how to change.
Pela Case is the eco-friendly phone case on a mission. Their phone cases are as tough as they are compostable.
Made from bioplastic, recycled materials and flax straw fibre, with an inspirational message on the back, they remind us that we can all make small changes to keep our planet and ourselves healthier and happier.
But what Elephant loves about Pela Case is that they’re transparent about being just human like everyone else and trying their best to preserve the planet for all our children and beyond. They don’t claim to be perfect in their efforts but they are always pushing to believe in better, to be better, and to do better.
The founder of this small giant with a big heart, Jeremy, started Pela Case when his son Cole dug up some plastic on the beach in Hawaii and he started wondering about the impact of plastics on our planet.
Their mission is to make sustainable, eco-friendly products the new normal, starting with a product that we all hold everyday.
Their phone cases are NSF tested to be free of BPA, lead, cadmium, and phthalates and their Save the Waves engraved cases are especially helpful to this precious planet of ours: 5% from each sale goes toward working with local communities to protect coastal ecosystems.
Plastic Free July is an independent, not-for-profit charitable foundation with a vision for a world without plastic waste. Their annual challenge grew from a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011 to millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today.
Here’s where to start:
Share it with your family and friends, stick it on your fridge, tick off the days, get a little healthy competition going…
Before you know it, you’ll be rocking low-waste, low-plastic living without a second thought.
And you may even realize that graduating to zero-waste and plastic-free isn’t actually as hard as it sounds.