Let’s rethink sustainability and conservation. 🌱🌍
Not only we must regulate, recycle and clean the mess but we must go back to the source of the problems : the productions of these plastic products, until governments put into place regulations.
We have 2 superpowers for that ✊: our wallet and our smartphone.
When we boycott a product, we influence the business and pressure the company to rethink their production and sourcing.
When we tag brands or even like posts on social media that are advertising ( directly or indirectly) some brands or products, we are voting for our future ☀️ "Ocean cleanups, banning unnecessary single-use products, biodegradation, even recycling—none of these solutions alone will be enough to crack the problem, the researchers concluded. Interest has surged in tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean recently, but researchers have been studying the issue for years. "Plastic in the sea is a symptom of a much wider problem about the rapid linear use of resource to waste," Thompson said.
Even though it's where so much of the plastic ends up, "[we] all agree on the fact that the solution is not in the ocean," said Jean-François Ghiglione, a microbiologist at the Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls, France.
Thompson returned to the idea that we need to think about the source of all this trash. Indeed, he said, getting rid of non-essential packaging and materials needs to happen. For example, on July 9, Starbucks announced it would stop providing plastic straws in its stores by 2020. "There are some plastics products that we didn't need in the first place," Thompson said. Going a step further than voluntary corporate commitments, he added, "I think we could have legislation to prohibit their use." 🐙
We could be recycling a lot more plastic than we currently are, he said. Only about 10 percent of what's produced gets cycled back into new products. "Why is it so low?" Thompson said.
Again, it goes back to the forethought that must go into plastics before they're produced, he said: "If they're not being designed so that they can be recycled, we're wasting our time." “