EcoCREDIT Weekly Sustainability Wrap Up — April 21 ‘22
Let’s look at a fun statistic… without kicking off this week’s installment with unneeded existential dread! The average human lifespan consists of a mere 3,700 weeks. This shockingly finite timespan means we only have a limited number of weeks to pack in as much love, compassion, and social/environmental impact as possible. With this sense of measured urgency, we at EcoCREDIT diligently work to provide the tools needed to make a positive difference to our planet without needing to upend your daily life.
We’re pushing on all fronts to make a difference. Excitingly, we’re not alone! Every week we come across invigorating news about how sustainability continues to grow and evolve in the hearts and minds of global citizens. As we all work towards a more harmonious world, we can begin to spend a greater proportion of our available weeks on things that truly matter in our personal lives. With this ethos, we’re proud and humbled to work towards a more sustainable future together! Let’s check out some good news.
One Use, Big Difference
Sometimes it’s the unexpected things that add up to a huge impact. This adage holds doubly true for the disposable plastics that we consume in our daily lives. The convenience of using something once, only to throw it away, has saved billions of people time and money. However, these items’ fundamental impact on our environment has begun to collectively bite back. Microplastics found in the world’s oceans threaten marine life and have the potential to throw our entire global ecology out of balance!
Thankfully, we’re catching on to this grave potential threat and curving our reliance on disposable plastic products. Boots, a retailer responsible for the sale of over 800 million wet wipes last year, has taken a pledge to end the sale of their plastic-based products in the coming years. This move comes on the heels of other manufacturers taking pledges to source sustainable materials and create a more environmentally responsible yet equally convenient global supply chain.
Save Spongebob, Remove Garfield… (?)
Removing plastics from one-time-use products couldn’t have come at a better time. A recent study revealed that the world’s coral reefs have only three decades left before the damage we’ve caused becomes irreparable. Long thought to be an unshakable feature of our aquatic landscape, famous ecological landmarks like the Great Barrier Reef of Australia have begun to show signs of sickness in recent decades. Boasting a clear correlation to humanity’s pollution of global oceans, we now have a clear call to action regarding what we must do if we wish to save these natural wonders.
Three decades seems to be a magic number. Divers off the coast of France finally discovered why an unholy number of Garfield telephones have been washing up on local beaches for over 40 years. A cargo vessel carrying telephonic devices resembling a beloved orange cat took a plunge back in the 1980s, leaving a wayward container to leak the items slowly into the ocean. With the mystery solved, the local government deemed the removal of the container too expensive, deciding to wait out the phones instead. Experts (are there such experts? Who did they even call? So many questions..) suggest that this small French village has 30 years left of Garfield phones.
Our Just Desserts
Food waste is one of the biggest culprits contributing to excess resource consumption. While many consumer products can sit on shelves for months, years, and sometimes decades, food simply can’t. Every food item that molds, rots, or sours before being eaten represents a significant waste of time, energy, and resources that could have gone towards more relevant productive capacities. Sure, a carrot here or there doesn’t seem like much, but it makes a huge difference in aggregate. Over $1 trillion (with a T) worth of food is wasted each year, closing at 1.3 billion tons. For context, that’s the entire GDP of the Netherlands — if wasted food were a country, it’d be the 20th largest economy on Earth.
Unlike the Garfield phone situation, tides here have begun to turn. Choco, a new company boasting a unicorn valuation, seeks to optimize food procurement for vendors, helping to cut down on waste along the way. Vendors and producers pay for their materials, making the desire to reduce waste much more than an altruistic move. Any minimization of food waste on their part translates to massive environmental and economic benefits and cost savings for the business. That’s a win-win-win all around!
Wrap Ups’ Wrap Up
As far as weeks in sustainability go, this was another great one. Weird, given the whole Garfield phone situation, but good! Seeing the growing army of companies focused on making a positive environmental difference and the swelling ranks of individuals who support them is truly a sight to behold. The turning tide bodes well for the future, and our global coral reefs and oceanic friends are surely thankful. As we continue to look towards the future, we see even greater shifts toward sustainability occurring, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. We’re excited to continue our participation as a company with an ethos firmly rooted in the latter.
The weeks continue to tick by, and the release of Ecolands grows ever closer! Soon, we’ll release exciting information regarding how you can claim your free virtual real estate and begin growing your sustainable empire! For now, keep making a difference for our global environment wherever you can, and we look forward to walking along this journey called life with you all!