“Individual choices matter so use your power to choose.”
Nowadays, because everything is so convenient, we often forget to think about the energy and natural resources used to produce what we consume on a daily basis. But if we take a step back and look around our homes, we can see how easy it is to buy pretty much anything we want. But the question is, at what cost are we doing so?
Most of the goods we consume are shipped from the other side of the world and an outstanding 90,000 freight ships travel across our oceans on a daily basis. While many believe this type of transportation to have the least environmental impact, just 15 of these cargo boats produce as much pollution as the 760 million cars currently being used on the planet. These large noisy boats also cause major disruption for mammals who rely on sonar for their orientation, communication and feeding.
This is just one aspect of human impact on nature. If we open our refrigerators or our kitchen cupboards, we find that the food we eat is usually packaged at least once, sometimes even twice. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that packaging is not only detrimental to the planet but also to our health. Often the plastics used to make packaging seeps into the foods we consume. Furthermore, the oil extracted to make packaging is usually shipped overseas, then shipped back to first world countries in its final form to be used just the once before it is disposed of and then sent to landfills. Additionally, most of our food travels 1500 miles before it even gets to us so manufacturers have to load our food with preservatives, which we then eat and expell back into our watersheds.
A recent EWG survey showed that the majority of its respondents use an average of nine products on a daily basis, which hold over 126 different chemicals. Personal care products are manufactured with over 10,500 chemicals and some of these are known carcinogens but the beauty industry does not currently have any regulations in place to monitor what goes into these products. So these ingredients will not be illegal to use until they are proven to make people sick.
So what is our company proposing to do to help put a stop to this unhealthy and environmentally destructive process?
Many companies have jumped on the "health bandwagon" and are branding products to be natural when really they are not. As more consumers become aware of this, they are finding it much harder to source products that are safe and environmentally friendly. This is where Local Goods Company comes in.
Our unique platform will enable consumers to purchase local products that have been approved by our company's ethical criteria. All goods will either be packaged in reusable glass or sold package free. Read more about our ethical criteria here.
FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND FARMERS
The key is FLEXIBILITY. We offer local businesses the flexibility to produce goods when they want to, giving them more free time to enjoy life.
Our platform will provide local businesses with specific tools and resources needed to enable them to simply focus on producing great products. Many small companies face the problem of getting their business off the ground so our priority is to produce a marketing strategy, find sustainable packaging, help source ingredients and ultimately sell their goods for them.
Local Goods Company offers the complete package making it easier for local businesses to focus on what they do best - making great products.
OUR OVERALL IMPACT
Reduce the amount of packaging and plastic being used when buying goods.
To circulate and keep money in the local economy.
Create local jobs.
Reduce the distance our food and products travel to get to consumers, which is better for the Earth.
Support local business owners and help promote new businesses to start.
Sell truly healthy products that are good for us and the environment.
Offer unique products & expertise to local consumers.
Encourage other communities to come see how we live.
Help reduce overall food waste*.
Freshness: why eat something which was prepared months ago when you can eat something made this week.
Visit our FAQ page for more details.
* Local Goods Company will purchase only the products that people order, preventing excess food waste.
STATISTICS THAT MADE US WANT TO START LOCAL GOODS COMPANY:
50 billion plastic bottles are used every year in the US and only 1 in 5 is recycled.
1 trillion plastics bags are used around the world annually. This does not include bags we package food in.
According to the paper industry in 2010, Americans consumed 23 billion paper coffee cups.
Over the last 10 years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole last century.
93% of Americans age six or older tested positive for BPA in their blood. BPA is a chemical used to make plastic.
Plastic never goes away. It is a durable material, often made from petrochemicals (oil), which is made to last forever.
It is estimated that only 10% of plastic waste is recycled in British Colombia and 25% of it in the U.S. Most plastic can only be recycled once as it is down-cycled into a lesser grade material. Also plastic cannot biodegrade, it just breaks down into smaller pieces.
Plastic poisons our food chain. Even plankton, the tiniest creatures in our oceans are eating micro-plastics and absorbing their toxins. The substance displaces nutritive algae that our food chain requires.
46 000 pieces of plastic can be found in every square mile of our oceans.
The world throws out 750 million tons of garbage a year. America and China are responsible for 2/3 of this garbage.
2.5 million tons of trash ends up in the ocean every year. There a 5 known garbage patches in the ocean where it ends up.
No pre-market safety testing is required for the industrial chemicals that go into personal care and household products.
The amount of wood and paper Americans throw away every year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
Every day on Earth, we use 85 million barrels of oil which is enough to fill 185 Olympic swimming pools. By 2020, this will rise to 113 million barrels a day.
Every year on Earth, we cut down 4 billion trees annually for paper products alone.
Some commercially fished species have been reduced by 90%.
Every year, the world tosses between 20 to 50 million tons of electronics, recycling only 10% to 18%. This is the equivalent of throwing out 45 000 to 125 000 fully loaded 747's annually.
Every year, humans cut down 15 billion trees. We have cut 46% the trees on Earth.
1 in 2 products in supermarkets contains palm oil, the world's most popular vegetable oil which is a major cause of deforestation and loss of habitat.
A myth about landfills: many people think that most biodegradable materials (food waste) and non-organic materials, such as plastics will eventually go back to the Earth. Unfortunately, this is not the case as landfills are designed to minimize degradation.