Did you know that plastics have been found in the deepest part of the ocean, which is the Mariana trench, and on the world’s tallest mountain, Everest? Has it come to your attention how we only use plastic for a short amount of time, yet they took many years to decompose?
As we enter the month of July, we should take part in celebrating the International Plastic Bag Free Day on the 3rd of July, which is a good momentum to start a plastic diet, not just for ourselves, but for the planet. And not just for plastic bags, but for all kinds of single-use plastics that were so inherent in our lives.
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Our Plastic Problem
The thing about plastic is that it exists in everything that we buy and consume. It wraps our clothes, bags, food, toys, books, and so much more. To some extent, plastic makes our lives easier, cleaner, more practical, and more efficient.
However, the world is now drowning in plastic, because even though humanity has found a way to utilize plastic into various shapes and sizes to serve diverse purposes, apparently we can’t dispose of it in a way that does not compromise the environment.
Globally, the world produces more than 380 million tons of plastic every year. What’s more, poor waste management systems have caused these plastics to leak to the environment, polluting rivers, oceans, and endangering the natural ecosystems, especially the marine ecosystem.
Around 31 species of marine mammals are recorded to have ingested marine plastic, whereas over 100 species of sea birds have ingested plastic fragments. Furthermore, 250 species have become entangled in plastic, with a rate of entanglement of some sea lion and seal species is around 8% (freetheocean.com).
It was even estimated that 90% of the water we drink and 33% of the fish we eat contains microplastics, which will lead to serious health problems. At this point, it was not only the environment that suffered, but humans too.
Plastics have been around for a very very long time, long enough for it to eventually pollute the planet, and it is high time that we start closing the tap and prevent more plastics from coming to the environment, one plastic at a time.
For the past several years, awareness on plastic issues have increased significantly, and people have started to shift life away from plastics by finding and replacing it with better and more environment-friendly alternatives such as reusables.
Can humans live without plastics though? Maybe not, but we can surely live with less and a minimum amount of it, all while changing the way we waste so much plastics in unnecessary packaging.
Bringing our own reusable cup and cutleries, saying no to that single-use plastic bags, switching to reusable cotton pads, or even choosing goods that have less plastic packaging. All of these small acts, if done massively, can speak volumes about how consumers, and people in general, want less plastics in the things they consume.
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Capturing Plastics with Waste Credit Service
Even though recycling won’t stop our plastic problem (only less than 9% of all plastics have been recycled), something must still be done for the plastics that have entered the environment.
In this case, the Waste Credit service that Waste4Change provides can serve as one of the solutions in removing plastics and other types of waste from the environment. Through Waste Credit, clients will be able to collect and recycle more waste using 2 available methods, namely Material Recovery and Water Cleanup.
To target specific types of waste and increase its collection and recycling rate, clients can choose the Material Recovery type, which will gather waste from waste banks, recycling agents, as well as waste recycling sites. The types of waste that can be collected range from multi-layered plastics to used cooking oil.
On another hand, if your company wants to take part in cleaning our waterways from plastic pollution, you can choose the Water Cleanup method instead, which will collect waste from rivers or sea coast within the designated area.
Reducing plastic from the source is the ultimate goal to stop our planet from drowning in plastics, but capturing plastics and removing it from the environment should also be done in parallel.
To learn more about waste credit, visit w4c.id/wastecredit