Todays throw away culture is a massive problem, we seem to be living in a world where the majority just doesn't care about the social and environmental impact that they have and leave on society and the world around them. We seem to be moving into a culture of "so what, as long as I'm happy".
The ramifications on our actions are highly publicised so why are so many so ignorant to their actions and responsibilities from our neighbours to world leaders? Third world countries obviously don't have the infrastructure to be able to recycle at the moment which needs to change and change quickly.
Surely though we need to change the way we use single use plastics, these account for 40% of plastics that are produced every year. Why the hell are we wrapping fruit and veg in plastic? This comes down to the way we currently live, we want things that save us time as we rush around from work to shop to home. We are becoming more and more lazy looking for the easier option as we seem to be so busy.
So why not eliminate the problem at source?
Superstores and manufacturing need to have the spot light shinned upon them on how they package products. Single use plastics have to be stopped or be made to be able to be recycled or use compostable plastics that decompose within one year.
Check out some facts below that are shocking!
• Half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years.
• Production increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015. Production is expected to double by 2050.
• Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.
• Plastics often contain additives making them stronger, more flexible, and durable. But many of these additives can extend the life of products if they become litter, with some estimates ranging to at least 400 years to break down.
(Source national geographic)
Plastic isn't going away, lets face it plastic has revolutionised our world, love it or hate it you will be reading this on a device that has plastic in it! Look around you we need plastic, it's the unnecessary plastics that we don't need, it's how we re-use the plastics that are already out there from recycling and education. We have the education and the solutions and thankfully there's a global treaty thats been negotiated by the United Nations that's going to spearhead the change thats required in order to protect our environment.
We at Skinni V are doing our very best to eliminate plastic waste, we use cardboard tubes for all of our products and any inserts that we use are biodegradable made from starches that biodegrade within one year. Although we can't be 100% perfect, we try our best.