What was the last item you threw away? Plastic wrapping, a takeout container, a tin can, or perhaps spoiled food? Growing up, my family would throw away everything. Everything from banana peels to broken equipment. Nothing was too big or too small to be tossed in the trash.
Consumerism has driven the American economy since the industrial revolution and continue to encourage the acquisition of good and serves in ever-increasing amounts. Over time, a throw-away society naturally emerged promoting overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items. Today, single-use items such as plastic water bottles are purchased, used, and immediately throw away. Despite the fact these bottles can be recycled, only 32 percent of Americans take the effort to put such items in recycling bins rather than the trash.
Science has overwhelming proven climate change is a problem we must address today to avoid disaster tomorrow. Climate change experts forest we have 30 years to change our current way of living before we reach the point of no return. The area covered by sea ice has been smaller every year. The top half-mile of most ocean waters is gettering warmer damaging coral reefs and threatening marine ecosystems. Warmer air temperature over oceans leads to more violent hurricanes and rising temperatures over land increases the number of heat waves across the globe. The dry land climate has led to the escalation of wildfires in California. The signs are clear, yet we continue to persist in a disposable society where sea turtle suffocate on plastic straws, birds trap their heads in plastic rings, and the number species on earth continues to plummet as deforestation wipes out entire species and forces other to struggle for survival.
Symbiosis the first step towards change. We help you begin, or continue, the journey towards sustainable living. By purchasing eco-friendly, high-quality, long-lasting, and sustainable products, you can mitigate your carbon footprint, deter climate change, and transition towards a zero-waste lifestyle. Remember the old adage Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I was first introduced to the idea of a circular economy as a teenager. Since that point in time, I have relentlessly pursued sustainable living and continue to believe in the notion everything produced from the Earth should be returned to the Earth without harm to people, animals, or the environment.
At Symbiosis we have taken the initiative to add “Refuse” to the start this saying in order to deter customers from purchasing single-use products. We can all make small changes in our every life to better our health, the health of those around us, and for all life on earth.