For many of us, a cup of tea is a staple of our day, whether it is first thing in the morning, regularly throughout the day as if it were on a drip, or as a part of the classic British afternoon break. The practice of drinking tea spans cultures and its origins can be traced as far back as 2700 BC.
On the 10th of September 2019, the Lochtree website went live and we opened our digital doors. A year has passed and I can confidently say it has been one for the history books. It has been an incredible year to open a business with some fantastic peaks and some new uncharted territory.
10% of all plastic produced in the world ends up in the ocean. This number is, frighteningly, only expected to increase over time. Our bodies of water are littered with yesterday’s trash. As the problem increases, awareness has begun to increase. A growing number of artists, companies, and individuals are doing their part to tackle the problem.
There is a set of human-made islands in the Pacific currently fighting to become a nation. While human-made, these are pacific isles that will doubtfully have a booming tourist economy - because they are entirely made up of marine debris that has been collected together. Though not yet a nation unto themselves, these islands pose an enormous threat to the rest of the world. The waste that makes up these human-made isles is a majority plastic, posing a concern to sea life around the area.
Picture yourself standing on the beach. Your feet sink into the warm sand as you listen to the gentle roar of the waves hitting the shore. As the sun dips slowly into the endless ocean, you’re struck by the vastness and beauty of the sea. Sadly, global pollution levels are rising, and much of that pollution ends up in the sea.
This summer has been devastating for Australia. Over the past few months, the world has watched in shock as 17.9 million acres of beautiful land burned. New South Wales has suffered some of the worst damage, with at least 12.1 million acres affected.
One plastic product wreaking havoc that has gained recent attention is single-use straws. One may not have imagined a product as trivial and underwhelming as a plastic straw could have such an enormously adverse impact on the environment. Currently, the USA alone uses 500 million disposable straws per day. And, this number is even more shocking in Europe, where consumers use an estimated 25.3 billion each year.
Over the last couple of years, concern over microplastics has grown, from damaged marine species health to contaminated rainwater and food. You may have heard this new term, but do not know how microplastics fit into the larger scale of environmental pollution. So, what are microplastics? And also, why should we care about microplastics? Let us explain
Somewhere back in the peculiar, awkward, and downright confusing period that was my youth I came across an idea that stuck with me. Namely, that it would be the height of arrogance to sit down and begin to write or rather engage in debate in a meaningful way without first living life. How could one have any perspective without first endeavoring to experience as much of the world and life as possible?
Have you ever arrived in the middle of a conversation and had no idea what anyone was talking about? None of us like to feel out of the loop. Each group and interest group has its own lingo and the green movement is no exception.
But with so many terms that are easy to mix up — green, eco-friendly, clean, non-toxic, to name a few — getting up to speed can be overwhelming.
The importance of sustainable shipping is starting to emerge into the spotlight. One root cause of this change in awareness is the modern era’s unique love triangle — one that puts young adult novels to shame. Who makes up this love triangle, you ask? That is simple: humans, the planet, and convenience.