“At Onya, we come to work every day because we want to make a difference,” so say the employees of Onya, a company, based in Western Australia and involved with creating reusable alternatives to single use plastic.
It was in the year 2004 That Jon Brousson the founder of Onya was struck with the desire to creating a meaningful change in his community by reducing the prevalence of single use plastic.
Every day Jon found himself confronted by out of control plastic waste with disposable shopping bags being a major contributor. With a little ingenuity and few sewing skills, Jon created Onya’s first reusable shopping bag.
He proudly used his shopping bag at every opportunity – at the supermarket, farmers market or just shopping for anything that would require a bag, and pretty soon people were asking him to create one for them too.
Onya has since grown into a company that prides itself on creating high quality, useful, reusable products for your everyday life that can easily be kept ‘On You’.
From reusable shopping bags, reusable produce bags, backpacks and reusable coffee cups, to one of the highest quality stainless steel drink bottle on the market.
Onya’s products are responsibly made in China. Wherever possible our products are not only 100% recyclable, but they are also made out of recycled material such as rPET, a fabric produced from recycled plastic water bottles.
Onya is quite literally taking plastic waste from landfill and turning it into something reusable for many years to come.
Onya’s goal is to offer their customers a well thought out quality alternative to single use plastic and it is by companies like Onya, partnering with likeminded people that can actually make the change we want to see happen in our world.
“Why wait for tomorrow when we can take action today?” ask the people at Onya.
Onya uses rPET to make its reusable shopping and produce bags. Plastic bottles are gathered from recycling plants and are cleaned and sorted. Then they are crushed into small flakes, heated to melting point and extracted to create yarn – which is used to make bags at Onya.
Creating an eco friendly product in this way – from an already existing material rather than straight from scratch – saves on energy and resources and also means there is less plastic polluting the natural environment or wasting away in landfill. It is these processes and products that will help us build a more sustainable planet and way of living, rather than simply churning through resources and living beyond our means, feel the people at Onya.
The great thing about Onya rPet reusable bags is that unlike single-use alternatives, they have a long lifespan, and so also help to lessen the planet’s burden.
While eco friendly products are becoming more popular and available, there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure they become a completely integrated part of everyday life around the world.
Consumer culture and behaviour can change to be more sustainable with the more eco friendly products that are available – so if your favourite companies and suppliers aren’t making the kind of sustainable products you want, contact them and let them know how important eco-friendly products are to their customers.
After all finding a solution to global warming should not only be the responsibility of scientists and the like, if every person on the planet decides to think innovatively and tries to make a difference, be it big or small, mankind in general may still stand a chance in the fight to save our planet.
Text Compiled By Mala Bajaj