At WasteStyle, we believe in products that not only look good and feel good but also do good. We support those who believe the same. With over 5,000 products, you’ll be spoilt for choice in finding something you like and that makes our planet cleaner and safer for all.
We feature products from over 70 companies that are helping to rid our planet of dangerous waste such as plastic, rubber, glass and ghost-nets and avoid further erosion of our natural resources by using reclaimed wood.
By 2025, we are predicted to discard an estimated amount of 16 million metric tonnes of plastic into our oceans each year. And having created areas such as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plastics in the ocean will give rise to new sources of long lasting global contamination. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, plastic debris kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually, as well as millions of birds and fishes. By eating fish that have eaten other fish, which have eaten toxin-saturated plastics, humans are essentially eating their own plastic waste.
Ocean clean up programs have made a good start at solving this problem immediately and effectively. Fabrics like Econly and Repreve made from recycled plastic bottles and discarded fishing nets are used today by a number of clothes and accessories manufacturers. Growing the use of these cleaner and greener methods in the textile industry will help accelerate clean up programs in the future.
According to the WWF, forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. They also play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contributing to ongoing changes in climate patterns. But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms and impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species. Some 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 48 football fields every minute. It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
The greatest factor in the loss of tropical forests is logging for timber. The US is the largest importer of tropical woods by dollar value however, nearly 16 million tons of wood is thrown out each year. Only 14% is reclaimed but this is set to rise to 75%.