If you have been thinking about how much plastic is wandering around the world at this very moment, here are some interesting facts that can help change the way we all look at plastic.
More than 380 million tonnes of plastic are being produced per year globally, 275 million tonnes of that goes to waste straight away because is single-use plastic, around 100 million tonnes reach the coastal area and a third of that is mismanaged, leaving 8 million tonnes of plastic per year going straight to the ocean.
Is the plastic already being produced and wondering around the planet ever being cleaned up? Is it even possible?
Plastics made from fossil fuels became an increasing issue over the last decades due to its exponential growth from mass producers for any kind of human daily use, the ability to deal with the problem has overwhelmed the planet far beyond expectations.
The attempt to recycle single-use plastic from developed countries has failed, and the biggest problem for the planet is the lack of attention from underdeveloped countries, where the governments don’t really have a plan or just don’t care about injecting money or resources to try to control the problem.
We all know how convenient is to buy a package that includes our daily essentials and then throw that package away. For us, that package was convenient for some minutes, however, the lifespan of that piece of plastic is hundreds of years, being stuck in the environment affecting nature and humans.
8 million tonnes of plastic waste reaches the oceans every year affecting every kind of marine life, even at the deepest parts of the sea in form of micro-plastics, making it even harder to be collected or taken out of the environment.
Micro-plastics are the leftovers of plastic erosion, these particles are less than 5 millimetres in length (about the size of a sesame seed) and now you can find them everywhere, not only in the ocean, that micro-plastic moves around the planet in many different ways, for example, a fish eats micro-plastic normally as they confuse it with plankton or small food particles, then that fish is consumed by people, and now each fish eating person is consuming plastic.
On a WWF, plastic ingestion from nature to the people analysis report, it’s shown that an average person ingests 5 grams of plastic per week, that’s the equivalent of a credit card being ingested weekly.
HOW TO FIX THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM
The environmental problem can be fixed only if everyone starts changing their habits, nowadays there are many sustainable options, that are made from corn starch or other biodegrade and compostable materials, every single plastic use you can imagine, can be replaced, is just a matter of getting used to the new way of buying things.
Instead of getting the normal plastic cling wrap, you can get biodegradable and compostable cling wrap, change a normal plastic sandwich bag for a compostable sandwich bag, or stop getting plastic toothbrushes, which remain up to 500 years stuck in the environment, get instead a bamboo toothbrush.
You can also use reusable silicone items that can replace plastic, silicone is more durable than plastic, can be used many times over, and when you throw it away after its life cycle, it doesn’t affect the environment, as is fully recyclable and does not break into micro parts.
With all this information, you get the whole idea and the importance of making that change for our future generation’s environment, we don’t want to leave a legacy of pollution to our kids or grandkids so is up to us in the present to do something about it.
Nowadays, you can find so many other sustainable alternatives that function the same way as the regular products we all used to buy. Corn starch resin gives you the bigger picture of how many items you can switch that you probably didn’t know even existed, we will leave you a whole list of compostable and sustainable items that can make all the difference.
Sustainable, compostable cling wrap
Biodegradable cling wrap film plant based. Made from thermoplastic corn starch resins. Find out more
Sustainable silicone snack bag
This snack pack is made from food grade silicone that does not harm the environment, you will be amazed of the durability of this reusable snack bag. Find out more
Sustainable silicone food covers
Sustainable covers that can be reused and wont harm the environment once the finish their life cycle. Find out more
Sustainable silicone food pouches
The perfect replacement to single use regular zip lock bags. This sustainable option is tuff and reusable, just wash it an is good to go again. Find out more