"Don't Flush That" // Who Gives A Crap

Last week we had the pleasure of attending an incredible Waste Watch LA group meeting, hosted by Conscious City Guide, Osea, and an amazing brand Who Gives a Crap. The evening consisted of a panel titled “Don’t Flush That” all about waste in the home and how our actions affect our water sources. One of the biggest sources of our waste is in our toilets, and that’s where Who Gives a Crap comes in.

Good for your bum, even greater for the world, Who Gives a Crap is committed to changing the toilet paper industry while serving the 2.3 billion people across the world who don’t have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. So in July 2012, founders Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap, and now donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. Seriously GLOWY.

Their toilet paper is environmentally friendly, made with 100% forest friendly bamboo, with no inks, dyes or scents. They come individually wrapped in recycled and colorfully designed papers, so no plastic is involved here. They’re offering our GLOW peeps as special FREE TRIAL of their amazing toilet paper, just click HERE to order (you just pay for shipping)! We are in love with this toilet paper and you will be too. Seriously, check it out for yourselves and spread the word. We all need to find new alternatives to the conventional products, and this sustainable toilet paper is not only amazing, but impacting the world in an amazing way. A win-win.

Some takeaways from the Waste Watch LA panel ::

  • a big source of plastic waste comes from plastics in clothing from the washing machine.

  • add a filter or use special balls to capture the plastic

  • don’t flush your tampons + condoms + contacts down the toilet or sink, ONLY your own waste and toilet paper.

  • subscribe to LA City Council agenda meetings so you find meetings to show up to and be heard.

  • Our Water LA Coalition- rally at the board of supervisors July 20th 9am - 2pm and the resource section of their website is super informative!

  • 5Gyres.org - the non-profit panelist Melissa Aguayo works for.

  • Adventures In Waste - the non-profit panelist Jessica Aldridge founded.

  • Heal The Bay - has an annual water report for the LA area.

  • Buy an at home water testing kit -- we learned that tap water is more regulated than bottle water. find out what is in your tap and how best to filter it.

  • Methods to capture microfibres in your laundry machine: Guppybag, Cora Ball or Filter

  • LA Beautification Team - teaches affordable ways businesses and individuals to do storm water capture.

  • Learn more about the Clean Water Act and how to protect it.

The key to creating change and helping our planet lies in making small changes over time, talking to your friends about it, reducing your overall plastic usage, and keeping yourself educated and aware. Join and support groups like Waste Watch LA and Who Gives a Crap who are making a difference for our environment and the world. And get GLOWY, check out the Who Gives a Crap FREE TRIAL.