|Who We Are: Activists for a Plastic Free Planet|
We launched Life Without Plastic (“LWP”) in 2006 after several years of daydreaming about how to make a contribution to reducing the large quantities of plastic that are consumed every second of every day around the world. We played with ideas for raising awareness about the issue. We wanted to address the environmental disaster that the consumption of plastic is causing, and the damage that leaching plastic can cause to human and animal health. We quickly realized that before we could effectively help people reduce their plastic consumption, we had to be able to point them toward non-plastic alternatives that could replace the plastic items currently used in day-to-day life. When Life Without Plastic was created, very few alternatives existed in the North American market, especially for food and drink containers. Our son was born in 2003, and he was the catalyst. He made us look more actively for alternatives in North America and in other countries around the world. This is how Sanctus Mundo, our unique product brand, came into existence.
There are now many more alternatives to plastic products available thanks, for example, to the tremendous media attention on bisphenol A over the past two years. Yet one thing we are noticing is that the quality of these alternatives varies significantly. There are some wonderful new products created with a real concern for quality, health, the environment, and worker conditions. But there are other products out there that are unsafe and unethically manufactured. For example, not all stainless steel is created equal, and as with many things, price is often an indicator of quality. Where a product is made can also provide clues about its quality, that is why we indicate the country of origin in the description of every single product we sell.
As we continue to fulfill our goal of making available more and more high quality alternatives to plastic products, we are now able to begin focusing increased attention on an equally important element of our mission: raising awareness about plastics issues by providing solid science- and experience-based information and showing people, one person at a time, the beauty and simplicity of a life without plastic.
Chantal Plamondon grew up in Ste-Thérèse, Québec, Canada. Her background is in law, business ethics and management. She is also an ethical sourcing consultant at Imaginethix. She is proud of her native Wendat (Huron) heritage, which came from her mother and which inspires her to live in harmony with all other beings who share this planet.
Jay Sinha grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (where, as they say, it's cold in winter but it's a 'dry and sunny' cold). His background is in biochemistry, law, ecotoxicology and environmental research. He believes that happiness is a core element of human existence. And for him, being happy involves being healthy and wholeheartedly embracing the natural environment we all share.
Their love of plastic brought them together (just kidding). They met at university, where she helped teach him French and he helped teach her English.