“To love ourselves is to love the planet that gives all humans life.Therefore, there is no greater love than that which we bestow on the Earth.”- Jackie Sofia, Co-Founder, Sitti
A Note From Our Co-Founders
The climate disasters we’ve witnessed in recent years aren’t letting up. They are now at our doorstep. In Jerash Camp where we work, Jordan’s drought has led to water scarcity in the summer, while heavier winter rains have led to homes flooding and mildew crawling up people’s walls. The results are truths that we as consumers and producers need to face.
Let’s start with plastic. More than 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals derived from oil, natural gas, and coal - all of which are non-renewable resources that pollute our airways and contribute to the climate change crisis we’re witnessing unfold around the world today. We see it in the abnormally heavy rainfall, prolonged droughts, desertification, environmental degradation, sea-level rise, and cyclones.
Whether you see it or not, people’s lives are already impacted by these events. An average of more than 20 million people leave their homes and move to other areas in their countries each year. In some cases, people are forced to cross borders to escape climate change and disastrous events. For refugee communities who have already fled violence and are living in temporary and unstable shelters within camps, protections from climate change are practically non-existent.
The Rohingya, who fled massive scale violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017, is now facing the impact of climate change. This past year, camps in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh faced deadly monsoon rains and flooding, with compounded effects on shelter conditions and water supply. Thousands of shelters were damaged or destroyed, and tens of thousands of people were forced to relocate. But relocate to where?
The ripple effect of our daily choices is global and can be the difference between life and death. While there are communities that will feel the effects sooner than others, we will ultimately all see the same fate if we don’t take collective action. As consumers, we have choices, starting with the products we buy and use. As businesses, we must make choices now, or suffer the effects later.
Each brand represented inside this box has environmental sustainability at the core of its mission and products. At Sitti, our products are plastic-free and created with sustainable practices that we continue to improve upon. We’ve begun to phase out our plastic packaging materials in favor of more sustainable plant-based materials. The peanuts inside your subscription box are biodegradable. The plastic pouches we use to deliver your boxes are our last in stock, and once they are finished they will be replaced with plant-based pouches. And while the financial expense may be a little more, the alternative cost is far worse.
Thank you for your conscious, sustainable purchase. We hope this is just one small step in the many steps you will continue to take for yourself and our planet.
Jackie, Noora and Safiah
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