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7 reasons to ditch those plastic laundry bottles for good

Here at Dropps, we pride ourselves on offering eco-friendly detergent pods and boosters because nowadays running a home is about so much more than convenience and time management. There's an entire planet whose health we have to consider in addition to the safety and hygiene needs of our families.

Dropps pacs take the guesswork out of measurements with a no-muss-no-fuss wash pod, and shipments come in a completely recyclable cardboard box, while the pods themselves dissolve in the cycle -- so, there's not a piece of wasteful plastic in sight.

Why is that important? Well, plastics are a major point of concern for the long-term health of our environment and population. Research studies show that millions of tons of plastics are sent to the landfill each year and that human exposure to the properties in plastics can and does have ill-effects on our health. Here are a few specific reasons why ditching plastic laundry bottles can be a start towards greening up your existence today.

The oceans are drowning in a sea of plastic.

In 2015, scientists revealed that over 269,000 tons of plastic can currently be found floating in the world's oceans, both on the surface and underwater and that this pollution is devastating to water wildlife whose habitat and food sources are impacted by the presence of so much wasted plastic. To put that number in perspective, National Geographic estimates that this tonnage equals about 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic.

Plastic is a huge part of our waste load.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plastics account for 13 percent of our daily waste, and our annual waste metrics are only increasing with each passing year.

Recycling isn't as rampant as you might think.

The American Cleaning Institute estimates that only 18.5 percent of solid waste is actually recycled, which leaves the rest of the 205 million tons of garbage that is produced to be either incinerated -- and plastic produces toxic fumes and hazardous ash when burned -- or to take up space in local landfills. Some communities don't even offer recycling waste management options, so ditching the plastic from the start is just plain smart.

Plastics take millennia to biodegrade.

For those pieces of plastic that do end up in the dumps, they've basically found a permanent homestead for the next 500 to 1000 years, as that's how long it's expected to take for modern plastics to photodegrade. In other words, every bottle you've touched in your lifetime is still existing in some form or fashion and will outlive the next 10 generations, too. Yikes.

It's a worldwide epidemic.

The United Nations' Environmental Program estimates that across the globe, somewhere between 22 and 43 percent of all plastic is disposed of in landfills.

It's also resource-intensive to produce.

Not only is plastic devastating to the environment after it's produced, but the process of creating the material is also taxing on our natural resources. To create all of those containers, it takes approximately four percent of our annual petroleum production each year, with an additional four percent used to power the manufacturing processes to boot. In other words, eight percent of our yearly oil usage is devoted to plastics worldwide. That's a lot of gas.

There's a greener option with Dropps.

Considering the devastating impact of plastic on Mother Nature, isn't it nice to know that there's an option that can allow to drop one more load of plastic from your carbon footprint chart? Dropps' pacs are the smart alternative and take the middle man -- that is, storage, stocking, and dirty shipments -- out of the process of delivering your laundry detergent needs straight to your door in a recyclable container that makes convenience even cleaner.