In this weeks episode of the Gnar Stool Podcast, we're diving into the prevalent issue of plastic pollution. Strap in, because we're about to get real about the impact of plastic on our planet and what we can do to make a difference.
Let's get down to business. John and Shannon delve into the topic of sustainable packaging in the nutrition and sports industry. They highlight how plastic has become ingrained in the packaging of these products, but Gnarly, is taking steps away from plastic and towards more sustainable options especially through their use of steel cans.
Now, here's where things get interesting. The hosts discuss the challenges and expenses of making this switch. They acknowledge that it's not an easy feat, especially for smaller companies. But Gnarly is determined to do the right thing and carve out a niche for themselves. They're not just greenwashing; they're making meaningful changes.
The conversation takes a deep dive into the complexities of packaging and the different options available. They touch on compostable packaging, but also highlight the limitations and potential greenwashing associated with it. It's clear that finding the right solution is a complex process that requires careful consideration.
Shannon brings up the issue of recycling and how it's not as effective as we might think. Shockingly, only 5% to 8% of plastics that could be recycled actually end up being recycled. That's a pretty dismal number, folks. It's time to step up our recycling game!
They also discuss the problem with plastic breakdown and the presence of microplastics in our environment. Plastic can only be recycled one to two times before it starts breaking down into these tiny particles. And guess what? They're finding microplastics everywhere, from our food to our bodies. Yikes!
But fear not, my eco-friendly friends! Gnarly is making strides in the right direction. They've switched from plastic protein tubs to stainless steel cans, which are recycled at a rate of over 70%. That's a significant improvement! It's a bold move that shows their commitment to sustainability.
John and Shannon acknowledge that education is key in driving change. They discuss the importance of informing consumers about the realities of recycling and the need for better infrastructure. They also emphasize the power of consumer feedback and how it can influence companies to make better choices.
In conclusion, the plastic problem is a big one, but there's hope on the horizon. By making conscious choices, educating ourselves and others, and holding companies accountable, we can make a difference. So let's join forces, my friends, and tackle this plastic monster head-on. Together, we can create a greener, cleaner future!