Hi Friend! I'm Christopher.
I started The Better World Company after a search for ways to reduce my plastic consumption came up empty. I was frustrated that alternatives to the wasteful “Buy – Use – Toss” model were either way too expensive, ineffective, or just too time-consuming. Now I’m finding ways to bring you high-quality, low-impact products without all the plastic packaging, while still providing you with convenience and affordability. I want to keep it real and keep you happy, so if you’ve got an idea or product suggestion feel free to drop me a line here.
What's the big deal?
Over 400 million metric tons of plastic was produced in 2019. Almost half was single-use; it’s used just once and thrown away. Annual production and incineration of plastic emits the same amount of greenhouse gases as 189 coal-fired power plants or the total energy usage of 100 million U.S. homes.
Around the world we’re buying 20,000 plastic bottles per second. That’s almost 1 million every minute, and close to half a trillion (500,000,000,000!) every year. Collection and recycling efforts just can’t keep up–only 14% of plastic packaging gets made into something else, and much of it winds up in our oceans.
Many scientists say plastic NEVER breaks down, but instead just becomes smaller and smaller pieces known as microplastics. What we do know for sure is that this plastic absorbs and transports toxins as it invades every corner of the earth, chokes out all types of marine life, and enters our bodies through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. BUT THERE’S HOPE…
How did we get here?
In the Spring of 2017 I watched a documentary called ‘A Plastic Ocean’. The film is amazing, and anything I say here won’t do it justice, so just go watch it. No big secret on the storyline: Humans produce an astounding amount of plastic. More than we know what to do with. It has to go somewhere, and since everything rolls downhill the ocean becomes a very popular destination. The experience was powerful; it left me inspired to change my habits and reduce my personal plastic consumption. I think it will do the same for you.
“NO MORE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS!”, I shouted from the (metaphorical) mountaintop. But I was soon met with a huge obstacle – most of the products we buy in stores or online are only sold in plastic packaging. There were no alternatives; at least none that were economical or convenient enough for someone like me. The prices on most plastic-free products are way out of reach for most of us, and who has time to DIY all this stuff?
I, as an individual, felt powerless to make the change that I so desperately desired. Perhaps you have felt the same. That's how The Better World Company was born.
We’re here to end the wasteful stream of single-use plastic while providing convenient home delivery of environmentally friendly household products that look great and perform even better.
We’re focused on offering high-quality products that most people use regularly so we can ensure our formulas are truly effective and can bring them to you at reasonable prices. More new products are always on the horizon, but we want to build this the right way, with the right products, and with the right people (like you!). Let us know if there’s a product or brand you absolutely love. We’ll check it out and see if we can bring you even more great stuff in our collections. You can help us grow by telling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about what we do.
We’re thrilled you’ve decided to join us on this journey. Thank you for making ours a Better World!