as the year turns over you can’t help but be a little existential. humanity has a plethora of issues and you find yourself wanting to do something about it. what area of life would you love to transform in 2019? there’s no better place to start than one of nature’s greatest gifts: water. according to our research there has been a new shift towards ocean activism as the pollution of our seas gains worldwide attention. the threat of plastic is real and you could get a surge of motivation to change your lifestyle because of it.
once upon a time plastic simply meant ‘pliable and easily shaped’. a disposable material that ushered a new dawn of ‘throwaway living’. according to national geographic, today ‘roughly 40 percent of the now more than 448 million tons of plastic produced every year is disposable, much of it used as packaging intended to be discarded within minutes after purchase.’ now its a vast category of materials called polymers, making up a big part of the plastic waste that’s now choking our oceans. once thrown away, plastic finds itself on a worldwide expedition, sponging up toxins to add to the ones already in them, waiting to be eaten by marine life, maybe even make it on your plate, and then end up in your poo.
the tide is turning on plastic and you might be wondering how best to navigate the changing seas? be open to unconventional ideas. there are innovative ways of making, reusing and recycling plastic that are set to change our relationship with this extraordinary material. bioplastics is the word on everyone’s lips: made from plant crops instead of fossil fuels, scientists are developing materials that could be used in a great deal of single-use products currently made from synthetic plastic. in 2018 LEGO made its vegetation figures from a plastic made from sugar cane, reebok debuted its corn + cotton trainers featuring a bioplastic sole, and designers created an edible bio-plastic for athlete energy gels.
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