In the battle against plastic pollution, Paralenz decided to cut down on single-use in their packaging and we urge other manufacturers in the diving industry to do so as well. We need to keep the focus on this urgent cause and try to make a collective change using sustainable alternatives.
PLASTIC POLLUTION: AN URGENT CAUSE
Finally, plastic pollution is getting the attention needed to eradicate this serious issue. As the world’s population increases so do garbage pollution. Plastic contains crude oil and other fossil fuel products that are not only highly toxic but also foreign to nature microorganisms which makes it impossible to decompose. Therefore, almost all plastic ever created over 60-70 years ago still exists today, jeopardizing the environment, wildlife, and humans, leading to irreparable damages to the survival of the planet and human health.
The world produces around 300 million tons of plastic annually and an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. It might take 500-1000 years for plastic to decay and when they finally break down into small particles called microplastic many fish and sea mammals mistake it for food which ultimately upsets the food chain. Around 100,000 of sea turtles and other seabirds are dying at an unprecedented rate per year due to plastic ingestion and entanglement.
On the way to a plastic-free world!
Plastic is also a heavy contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – it comes primarily from oil, a fossil fuel which annual use is around 12 million barrels that lead to catastrophic eco-system disruption and global warming. That’s why turning an eye to the packaging market is essential to reduce environmental impact.
“This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean,” UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson
However, there is good news and some action is in progress. Kenya, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Australia among others, have already implemented laws to ban plastic bags and single-use plastic products such as disposable utensils and drinking straws, etc. By introducing awareness programs that inform customers about the devastating consequences of plastic will ultimately impulse businesses to redesign their products and rely on sustainability.
Moreover, scientific developments have led to many available alternatives to replace plastic. We can all make a small contribution to fight the issue and hopefully see the change necessary that is to repair and prevent further damage.
Some tips to start off are:
- Shop eco-friendly (avoid plastic packaging)
- Use reusable bags
- Cut down single-use items: bring your own coffee reusable cup and water bottle
- Most importantly urge governments and local industries to take action against plastic pollution.
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