It’s no secret that we have a major waste and plastic pollution problem. The average American produces 1,000 pounds of trash per year. Yet is it a necessary “evil” or a result of a design flaw in our short-sighted product system? We would argue it’s the latter: the solution relies on shifting from a linear product lifecycle that ends in waste going to landfill to a circular economy (or system) that can turn waste into a resource. Many define this as “closing the loop” when it comes to waste and plastic pollution. This is where reusables and biodegradable materials come in -- and why they matter as we look for more sustainable solutions. Reusables and biodegradables can help “close the loop” while maintaining the convenience and adaptability of single-use plastic disposables. With our friends at Natracare, we want to shed light on why reusable and biodegradable alternatives matter as well as share some easy, breezy swaps.