We're Making Changes to Help Our Environment. You Can Too!

A little change can help make a big difference for the earth.

Happy Earth Day. We’ve made some changes to help our environment and hope that you will too. Even small things can contribute to a big difference.

Changes we’ve made

Plastic removal

We’ve gotten rid of the plastic wrap in all our filter boxes! This was a simple decision to remove non-recyclable materials from our shipments. Single-use plastics take forever to break down in landfills and can be surprisingly hard for consumers to recycle. Your filter still arrives safe and protected by a 100% recyclable Second Nature box, but now with fewer items that will stack up in a landfill.

Coconuts? Coconuts!

Our refrigerator water filters use activated carbon that is sourced from coconut shells. In addition to being more effective at capturing water pollutants, activated carbon from coconuts represents a much more sustainable source than commonly used wood or coal. Coconuts can be harvested up to four times a year and don’t require the environmental destruction that other options do, such as mining or the cutting of trees. 

What you can do?

Recycle your cardboard

In the modern age of ecommerce and getting everything delivered, including your air filters, cardboard is probably one of the top five materials you have in your house. Most cardboard is recyclable, but too much cardboard gets thrown away instead. In fact, 850 millions tons of cardboard are thrown away every year just in the United States, which equates to about 1 million trees worth of corrugated cardboard. Fortunately, cardboard is both easy and helpful to recycle. Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard. Recycling just one ton of cardboard will save 46 gallons of oil, 4000kW of electricity, 6.6 million BTUs of energy, 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (https://www.cardboardbalers.org/). 

Stop buying bottled water

Did you know that plastic water bottles take up to 700 years to dissolve? Or that 38 million plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year just in the United States of America? You might have heard those stats before, as plastics are understood to be pretty bad for the environment. But did you know that the water in water bottles is less regulated than tap water? You get nothing out of buying bottled water. A single Second Nature water filter in your fridge will not only replace around 1900 bottles of water, but it will give you better tasting water too! And you can get it delivered at no charge.

Alec Lower

Content Writer

Alec is a third-year member of the team at Second Nature. He brings expert knowledge of a myriad of home air filtration topics including HVAC filters, filtration efficiency, and indoor air quality.