It’s a Whale of a Problem: Microplastics

Jennifer Di Paolo
July 27, 2020
5 minutes

Every single day, roughly 8 million pieces of plastic enter our oceans. Where does this plastic come from and how does it end up there? The most commonly thought of items that contribute to plastic pollution are straws, water bottles or plastic bags. However, plastic can be found in more everyday items than we even realize.

The worst offenders of all are single use plastics, which are items that are used only once and thrown away.

Some single use plastic examples are sanitizing wipes, makeup wipes, and even shoe cleaning wipes. These wasteful wipes are made of woven plastic and can take upwards of 100 years to biodegrade. Some people use them daily and throw them in the trash to end up in landfills, or worse, flush them down the toilet to enter our waters where they wreak havoc on marine life and can even enter our food chain. 

The Government of Canada is making an effort to help the situation with a single use plastic ban to be put in place by 2021. This is a great step in the right direction, however, as individuals we also have a responsibility to take on actions to combat the problem. One small yet very effective change we can make is to stop using single use plastics and instead move towards buying and using items that we can reuse over time, therefore creating less waste.

You can eliminate those wasteful wipes from your daily routine by simply switching to reusable products made from sustainable materials.

For example, instead of using shoe cleaning wipes, keep your shoes looking fresh with Shoe Laundry’s Cleaner, Brush & Shoe Cloth

At Shoe Laundry, we are fully committed to sustainability, which is why we created all of our products with the environment in mind. Our Shoe Cloth is washable so you can reuse it over and over again. To keep your Shoe Cloth as good as new, clean it as needed by soaking it in a mixture of warm water with a few drops of the Shoe Cleaner, rinse it out with warm water and hang it to dry. If you choose to use a washing machine, use this washing bag to reduce micro plastic pollution caused by washing synthetic textiles. It’ll be in perfect shape for your next shoe cleaning session.


Our Shoe Cleaner bottle is made of 100% post-consumer plastic, meaning that it’s entirely made of plastic that has been recycled, sterilized and reprocessed. This makes a huge difference in not only the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and our waters, but also in the production of new plastic, which uses unsustainable raw materials like fossil fuels. Whereas colourful plastics are often unable to be reprocessed into new products, our Shoe Cleaner bottle is totally clear, so that when you recycle it at the end of use, it can be repurposed into something new, contributing to less waste in the long run.

Find out how you can reduce your plastic footprint and keep our oceans clean.


- Shoe Laundry Fam 

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