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Why we keep KAIKO plastic free

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

It's plastic free July so I want to talk about those horrible things called microplastics. Over the last five years I have been actively trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic in my life. I've said goodbye to takeaway coffee cups, straws, plastic wrap etc etc but I never thought about other ways that plastic is secretly sneaking into my life.

Polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fibers - all of which are forms of plastic - make up a huge proportion of our clothes and household textiles. These fibers contribute to ocean plastic in a totally sneaky way by releasing thousands of these synthetic fibers every time we do a load of laundry. These microplastics can be toxic to wildlife on their own but they also act as sponges, soaking up other toxins in the water. So many of the Earth's beautiful marine wildlife have been found with microplastics in their stomachs which is devastating and also directly impacts our food chain which is kind of terrifying.

I don't know about you but when I found this new nugget of information, I was totally bummed out. But let's not despair! Small personal changes like being more mindful of how we consume can directly impact this issue. That's why KAIKO is completely committed to using natural fibers and when available, organic fabric. Not only are natural fabrics nicer to use, you can also rest easy that every time you do a load of laundry, you're not adding to this very big problem. KAIKO's homewares and lifestyle products which include our towels, napkins and pouches feel so much nicer and get softer every time you use them. There's really no comparison between gorgeous soft linen and a horrible polyester!

I am a huge believer that one person can make the world of difference and if we all make these kinds of small changes in our every day life, our connection and impact on the world around us will only get better. And what can be better than that?!

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At KAIKO, we acknowledge that we work and live on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. We acknowledge the traditional owners throughout Canada and pay our respects to the past, present and emerging traditional custodians of this land.

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