The balance of the eco-system is also essential to human life. Plastic microfibers from clothes and other textiles are too tiny to even see, washing out to seas, being eaten by plankton and working their way up the food chain. Scientists have found these particles in foods intended for human consumption. Chemicals used to manufacture synthetic textiles have been found in our drinking water. Continued exposure and consumption of these chemicals and of microscopic plastics has been linked to multiple types of cancer, in humans and pets. Not only that, but exposure to fire retardant chemicals used to treat microfibre cushion stuffings in common homewares such as cushions and seatpads have also been linked to thyroid cancer in particular.
Because it's good for the environment
Environmental issues across the globe call for a change in the way we live our lives. Plastic pollution goes beyond landfill waste, though that itself is a huge concern. When we wash items in the washing machine, tiny synthetic microfibers from textiles containing polyester or nylon are washed away through drains and sewage systems, too microscopic to be collected by even industrial filters or treatments, and end up becoming the largest contributor of ocean plastic pollution.
Because it's good for animals
We have all seen the heart-breaking images of plastics floating in our oceans and animals that have died or become injured from non-biodegradable waste.
Several studies have stated that as much as 50% of the declining sea turtle population were found to have ingested plastics. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has stated that sea turtles are officially endangered, with some species now on the critically endangered list.
Plastic pollution also leads to the death of millions of marine birds each year. Shockingly, an estimated 98% of albatross studied have ingested some type of plastic debris, causing obstruction to airways and intestines which can lead to breathing difficulties, starvation and punctured organs. As well as that, the chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials end up in water systems around the world and have even been found in the blood of polar bears.
Because it's good for us
The good news is that we can take action to reduce our environmental impact right now!
You can choose natural fibres for clothing and homeware, you might walk instead of driving short distances, you could opt for plant-based foods, and many people are even committing to picking up three items of plastic waste every time they visit the beach or park!
What is Kapok?
Fauna Home has chosen to use organic kapok fibre for all filled designs such as cushions, pet beds and seat pads. Kapok fibre is a 100% naturally occurring material produced in the seed-pod of the kapok tree. It is entirely sustainable; no trees are required to be chopped down to harvest it and it requires no irrigation or pesticides. It is totally organic and toxin-free, a world away from unnatural microfiber or polyester which has been treated with fire-retardant chemicals found to be harmful to humans and pets over the years. As it has not been treated with fire-retardant chemicals, it is a flammable material, therefore we always recommend to keep away from fire, particularly naked flames.
Kapok holds its shape well, acting like wool or feathers but with none of the cruelty.
It will last for decades in textile items and can easily be reshaped by plumping. Kapok is sometimes called silk cotton because it is incredibly soft and silky. It is 100% biodegradable. Due to its inability to retain moisture, kapok is naturally resistant to mould and dust mites, which are common allergens.
Fauna Home packaging and gift wrapping is also 100% recyclable or biodegradable.
If we can make small changes and better choices in our everyday lives, such as purchases for the home, we can live freely without worry of our impact on wildlife and the future of the planet.