Our journey to a greener lifestyle began while we were vacationing in Costa Rica. I asked the waitress for a straw with my mojito and she kindly explained to me that they did not offer straws nor did any establishment in town due to their environmental impact. Confused, I began to do research. I knew plastic wasn't great for the environment but how bad could one little plastic straw be? I was astonished to find out that one plastic straw takes over 500 years to decompose. 500 years? For something I only need for about 10 minutes to help my mojito travel from the glass to my mouth? I began thinking about all the plastic straws I've used on a daily basis throughout my lifetime and I nearly spit out my drink when I read that we use over 500 million straws a day in the US alone. WOW! I was blown away by this information and disturbed by the fact that I was just now learning it. We decided we were no longer going to contribute to the problem and our switch to a greener lifestyle began. At first, it seemed easy, no single-use plastics, buy things labeled "eco-friendly", compost, all that good stuff. But the deeper we got into it we realized there were some major flaws in the eco-friendly industry. Since "going green" was beginning to trend, many brands were taking advantage of this and we were blindly being greenwashed at every turn. It didn't take us long to realize that just because something was labeled "eco-friendly" or even "compostable" doesn't actually mean it is. That's when we made the decision to create Earth Align to educate other consumers and offer eco-LOVING alternatives to everyday products. We believe living aligned with nature and the earth is the key to a beautiful and healthy lifestyle and it all starts with our day to day choices. Join us in our efforts to #livealigned.