THE LIFE-CYCLE OF THE PLASTIC:
When our world is in balance, it is healthy. Everything that comes from the earth, returns to the earth and contributes to new life. This cycle is key to healthy ecosystems, and a healthy world. With plastics, that cycle is currently broken. We make plastic, we use it for sometimes only a few seconds, and then we throw it away. The majority of the plastic we make, use and waste end up in our environment causing harm to our ecosystems, waterways, marine life, and also to ourselves. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, in some form of waste, on this Earth.
PLASTIC WASTE BREAKS DOWN INTO MICRO PLASTICS OR SOMETHING SMALLER THAN THAT.
There are as many as million tons of micro plastic particles present in our oceans and seas, more than the stars in our galaxy. It’s not to be surprised that it will be our generation that is responsible for the irreversible elimination of oceanic wildlife and the destruction of the natural world as we know it. By 2025, there will be more plastic than the fish in our water bodies.
THE WORST EFFECTS OF THE PRECIOUS PLASTIC
Many plastics contain phthalates (DEHP) and the chemical BPA. If food or drink is stored in these plastics, they can be contaminated with these chemicals. If food is heated inside these containers in the microwave or if the plastic is ingested as in the case of a small child, these chemicals make their way into our food and into our bodies. Both chemicals are potentially harmful to human hormones, reproductive systems, and early childhood development.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
It is more expensive to recycle plastic, than it is to make plastic from scratch from fossil fuels, like oil. This broken plastic economy has encouraged the production of new plastic to increase dramatically while recycling efforts have decreased. We do not have the recycling infrastructure in place to deal with all of the plastic waste we create and yet we continue to make more, and more, and more.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
SUPPORT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: We support a circular economy in plastics, where no waste or pollution is produced and the products we make are kept in use again.
SLOW PRODUCTION FROM FOSSIL FUEL: A circular economy would also help slow the production of plastic from fossil fuels and ultimately, eliminate it altogether.
INCREASE DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTICS: Producers will then shift to making plastic from plastic. This will increase demand for recycled plastics as well as incentivize the collection of plastic waste from our environment.
SUPPORT RECYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CLEAN-UP: The money raised by the voluntary contribution would support global recycling infrastructure and clean-up initiatives, helping the industry transition to a circular economy.
EMBRACE THE FUTURE: By giving plastic a new life, and keeping in a loop...we keep plastic in our economy, and out of our environment.
A SEISMIC SHIFT: We have the power to restore our world, ecosystems, wildlife and oceans to a healthy state. This is within reach of our generation if we act now.
There is an extensive list of things we can do today to limit the amount of Plastic Pollution, we’ll see in the future. At the most basic level, we should take measures to reduce the waste we generate.
WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS, BUT DOING NOTHING ISN’T ONE OF THEM.
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