Our plastic pollution is affecting wildlife around the world. It may seem like a distant problem, even an unsolvable one. We believe this problem can be solved, starting right here at the local level. Our goal is to reverse course on the needless and senseless uses of plastics, convenience items, and other plastic materials for students, teachers, and schools.
Plastic pollution is causing environmental harm worldwide. With roughly ten tons of plastic ending up in our oceans every minute, it is well past the time for our reliance on cheap, disposable plastics to make way for common sense. Our mission is to disrupt what we call the shelf-to-shore pipeline, and replace it with systems that prevent plastic and vinyl from entering the global waste stream.
Information about Plastic Pollution
Heather Itzla, Founder
Wisdom Supply Co. was founded by Heather Itzla, a plastic waste activist with grave concerns about the scope and scale of global plastic pollution. Heather had already been working to reduce her own plastic footprint, while at the same time collecting and documenting plastic pollution in her neighborhood. Realizing that back-to-school shopping encouraged the rote purchase of disposable plastics, Heather approached her son's school with an idea that would significantly reduce the amount of waste per student year after year.
With the small Northern California school's permission, Heather stocked the classrooms with waste-less school supplies for students to use as needed. Picturing 70 families not walking out of big box office supply stores with countless plastic bags filled with plastic and vinyl destined to become landfill or pollute waterways, compelled Heather to turn what started as an activist/parent-volunteer effort, into Wisdom Supply Co., a Benefit Corporation on a mission to reduce plastic waste on an exponential scale.
Choosing genuinely sustainable school supplies to replace the plastic throwaway versions, and stocking them in classrooms school-wide, prevents vast amounts of plastics and vinyls from entering the world wide waste stream. Wisdom Supply Co. is 100% committed to helping teachers, students, and parents work towards zero waste in their schools.