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Earth Day: Our chance to make a difference

by Tania Griffin

As April dawns upon us, so does the ever-important celebration of Earth Day on 22 April. But it’s not just a day; it’s a reminder of our shared responsibility to preserve and protect our planet for future generations. This year, let’s make Earth Day more than just a date on the calendar. Let’s make it a month-long, year-long celebration of actionable change that we can make in our own lives. 

Plastic pollution remains one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic waste end up in our oceans, harming marine life and disrupting ecosystems. This reverberates back to the human race in the fish industries where humans are now becoming polluted and poisoned from the fish that are ingesting plastic, mercury, lead and other toxic metals.

The good news? Each of us has the power to make a difference in our own lives and communities.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: These three words have become a mantra for sustainable living – and for a good reason. By reducing our consumption of single-use plastics, reusing items whenever possible and recycling materials correctly, we can significantly reduce our environmental footprint. Simple actions like carrying a reusable water bottle, using cloth shopping bags and properly sorting our recycling can go a long way in mitigating plastic pollution.

Also chat to your local supermarket about reducing its plastic consumption in its packaging. When enough people start the conversation, they will do something about it. Let’s not just accept those food items dressed in cellophane on a bed of plastic or polystyrene. 

But why stop there? Let’s take it a step further with upcycling. Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or environmental value. It’s a creative way to give new life to items that would otherwise end up in landfills. From turning old skincare and food jars into stylish storage containers to repurposing clothing into trendy accessories, the possibilities are endless. Upcycling not only reduces waste but also encourages creativity and innovation.

Getting involved in sustainable causes and organisations is another impactful way to contribute to the fight against plastic pollution. Whether it’s volunteering for beach cleanups, supporting legislation to reduce plastic usage or donating to conservation initiatives, there are countless ways to make a difference. By joining forces with like-minded individuals and organisations, we can amplify our efforts and effect meaningful change on a larger scale.

What Eco Diva Natural does on a daily basis that is Earth-caring and sustainable:

  • Our packaging is either glass or recycled PET plastic that can be recycled again or upcycled.
  • Our outer packaging is made from biodegradable cardboard.
  • Our shipping materials are all cardboard or paper (no plastic here).
  • We are cruelty-free, so no animals are ever harmed, ever. 
  • We regularly partner with Greenpop and Food & Trees for Africa to plant trees to create more oxygen for the planet.
  • We are involved with beach clean-ups and community programmes.
  • Our products are all ocean- and river-safe.
  • We encourage recycling by offering a discount for all Eco Diva packaging brought back to us to recycle.
  • Our products are 100% natural, and ingredients are from sustainable farming.
  • Our international shipping partner offers carbon credits for carbon-neutral shipping.

Earth is the final frontier, and there is no planet B. It’s up to each one of us to protect and preserve the only home we have. This Earth Day, let’s commit to making lasting changes in our own lives and communities. Together, we can create a healthier, more sustainable future for all living beings on this beautiful blue planet we call home. Happy Earth Month, everyone!

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