This Wednesday, the 16th of September, marks the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone layer. It celebrates a remarkable 35 years of international cooperation to protect our ozone layer.
At Au Natural Skinfood, we are fiercely committed to the environment. We believe we should all do our part to protect the planet we live on so that it can continue to sustain life. That’s why we choose our packaging carefully, so that we don’t contribute to harmful environmental impacts, like the depletion of the ozone layer.
It often seems that the world struggles to come together today, so that makes it even more important to celebrate the times that we have. The international response to protecting our ozone layer is truly an achievement worth celebrating, and we hope you’ll join us in observing World Ozone Day.
What Is The Ozone Layer?
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When we talk about the ozone layer, it’s helpful to understand the makeup of the Earth’s atmosphere. Troposphere is the lowest layer (where we live). The troposphere ranges from the Earth’s surface to about six miles above the Earth.
The layer just above the troposphere is the stratosphere. This layer spans from about six to 31 miles above the Earth. This is the layer you enter when you fly on a commercial airplane. It is also where most of the ozone is found.
Ozone molecules are composed of three oxygen atoms. They are constantly formed and destroyed within the stratosphere, but outside of human intervention, the total number remains relatively stable. These molecules are what create the ozone layer.
Why Is The Ozone Layer Important?
Without the ozone layer, Earth would become inhospitable. Many plants are unable to grow when they are exposed to an excess of UV rays. Plankton in the ocean are similarly unable to withstand high amounts of ultraviolet radiation and would cease to exist as a food source for the many sea animals that depend on them.
What Happened To The Ozone Layer?
In the 1970s, scientists realized that humans were creating a hole in the ozone layer. They learned that some of the products we used released chlorine and bromine when they interacted with the UV rays in the stratosphere.
That’s particularly problematic because atoms of chlorine and bromine break up ozone molecules when they come in contact with them. Just one atom of chlorine can cause the destruction of 100,000 molecules of ozone!
The Vienna Convention
The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer established a set of principles to preserve the ozone. It was signed by 28 countries in 1985. In 2009, it reached universal ratification and was the first convention to be signed by every country involved. The convention continues to meet once every three years.
The Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in September of 1987. Governments agreed to restrict the use of almost 100 chemicals that were capable of depleting the ozone layer. In fact, 99% of all the substances that depleted the ozone layer were cut from use!
Today, the ozone layer is healing. Scientists expect that by the middle of the century, there will be as much ozone in the stratosphere as there was before the 1980s. The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was established by the United Nations in 1994 to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol and the progress we have made since then.
What Is Au Natural Skinfood Doing To Help The Earth?
Every year, 480 billion single-use plastic bottles end up in landfills. They will stay there for the next 800 years. We didn’t want to be part of that.
Instead, we focus on refillable containers and plant-based pouches. When you order from us, you’ll receive an aluminium container Rather than throwing it out and ordering a new one, we offer reusable plant-based pouches.
By spending just 30 seconds of your time refilling your aluminium container, you’ll save a bottle from going to the landfill. The journey to zero waste may seem impossible at times, but you just have to make a decision to start. Choosing our plant-based pouches and reusable aluminium containers is an easy way to do just that.
A Little More About Our Pouches
Every part of our pouches, including the spout, is plant based. They are also 100% recyclable and carbon negative. That means they remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they create.
Most plastic bottles are made from fossil fuels. This means the process release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That carbon dioxide is a significantly responsible for global warming.
In contrast, sugar cane is used to make our our pouches. Sugar cane is a fully renewable resource. It grows quickly and actually removes carbon from the atmosphere. We also source our sugar cane from Brazil, where it is grown with rainwater, not irrigation.
Support A Circular Economy
We encourage you to support a circular economy (as we do!). In a circular economy, we keep resources in use for as long as possible, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
We constantly challenge ourselves to be creative in finding new ways to optimize the use of all our materials. That’s why we offer reusable aluminium bottles and plant-based pouches. Additionally, all our shipping materials are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
The achievements we have made toward restoring the ozone layer as a result of the Montreal Protocol show that we truly can make a difference for the environment when we work together. On September 16, 2020, we encourage you to observe World Ozone Day and think about the ways you can help preserve and restore the Earth for generations to come.
Remember, if it all feels overwhelming, start small. Something as simple as composting your food waste or choosing reusable packaging over single-use containers makes a positive impact. And when we all do it, we create lasting change.
Please remember that this is not a solo mission, I am here to help and want to support you on your journey to healthy skin, please contact me directly through [email protected] I would love to hear your experience and answer any questions that you might have.
Tracy – Founder
Au Natural Skinfood