Great to see citysuper in ifc have re-sourced the sample products they have been using. Made a few calls and they were already actively sourcing a new solution for the plastic forks and bowls they were previously using. You can imagine how much single use plastic was being wasted by the vendors for their samples. Now if only this culture can be extended across the board for the other brands and packaging! Using recycled or sustainable products not only preserves the environment. But enhances brands as progressive and conscious, We definitely need to address a plethora of environmental issues in the private sector. If the government is unwilling or slow to react, corporations need to step in. It's inevitable that the government will eventually react anyway. So better that private sector steps in for a first mover advantage! P. S. This post unlikely to receive that much attention due to its very nature.... And there lies the problem..... We need to start addressing these issues! #aplasticocean#environment#sustainability#recycle#noplastic#hongkong#citysuper @citysuperhk
Day 12 of #arealhorrorstory // A sketchy silly series fighting the war against plastic one pun at a time. You know those face scrubs on the shelves that promise to give you smoother skin with their ultra-mega-exfoliatey-scrub technology? Well, what they fail to mention is that those little hard balls buffing your skin to the texture of a babies bum are actually pellets of plastic called microbeads. We use (literally) trillions a day in loads of products from our face creams, toothpastes, sunscreens and cosmetics. In the UK 680 tonnes are used a year. In the US 8 trillion beads make their way into the water A DAY (that could cover 300 tennis courts!). Once in the ocean they are noshed on by shellfish and fish which then make their way up the sodding food chain (eventually to us!). Oh me oh my….cro beads! The good news is that a lot of countries are taking action. The US enforced a ban (before Agent Orange took office of course) as has the UK, Korea, India and New Zealand. Coles and Woolies have also mentioned that they will phase out products containing them by July 2018. BUT in the meantime… we can still cut down more. I choose to use natural products that I can get bulk (thus eliminating the secondary plastic of the packaging too) like salt or sugar. I also mix my coffee grounds with coconut oil as a luxe scrub and have been known to use beach sand when I’m having a dip. Otherwise just make sure to avoid ANY product that uses them. They could be lurking under tricky ingredient names like; Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polylatic acid, ADA 2014, Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polypropylene (PP) Polyethylene (PE) or Nylon. #banthebead#microbeads
Sharing @superactivist - #repost @activistvegan We have to become more mindful world citizens. A lot of plastic thrown into trash cans and recycling bins escapes landfills and recycling centers and pollutes the environment. In places like Guatemala (pictured here), the infrastructure is not in place for recycling of plastic materials. Even with the most advanced recycling available, old plastic still requires 30% virgin material to turn it into new plastic. Plastic is derived from petroleum so it's a very dirty, carbon-intensive product. 🌊Plastic is destroying our oceans, choking endangered sea creatures and photodegrading into micro-plastics which work their way up the food chain, killing animals and releasing chemicals like BPA. Micro-plastics also serve as a sponges for other environmental toxins and heavy metals. ♨️Plastic has only existed for 60 years or so yet every single piece of plastic ever made (aside from the small amount incinerated) still exists since it literally takes THOUSANDS of years to biodegrade. ☠️Incineration is not a good solution since this process releases toxins and heavy metals like dioxin, mercury, and lead into the environment. 🙏Please try to minimize your plastic consumption. 💦Filter water and use a reusable stainless steel container - don't buy bottled. ♻️Use stainless steel straws instead of plastic. ♻️Use reusable plastic bags and produce bags or buy compostable ones. ♻️Use cloth or compostable diapers. ♻️Buy biodegradable toothbrushes, hair brushes, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. ♻️Buy used/second hand toys for kids. ♻️Support local government initiatives for legalization of hemp which is a great biodegradable alternative to plastic. ♻️Consume less and buy food items in bulk (i.e. from bulk containers). 📺 Watch the documentaries "Plastic Paradise" and "A Plastic Ocean" on Netflix to learn more about this devastating problem and how you can help. 💚🌎🌱♻️
Hace unos meses ( que pena haber tardado tantos años) empecé a tomar consciencia del consumo masivo que realizamos del plástico. Hoy he aprovechado unas horas del Domingo para ver este Documental @aplasticocean y me he cerciorado que el problema del consumo masivo de plástico que realizamos es mucho mas grave y perjudicial de lo que imaginaba. Estamos consiguiendo que aquello que nos permite seguir con vida, las aguas y la tierra, los múltiples ecosistemas que existen en el planeta desaparezcan, y lo peor de todo es que nuestro Ego y el la falsa consideración de que somos la especie que ha evolucionado no nos permite ver que llegara un día en el que todo esto desaparezca y dejara de importar el dinero. En nuestra mano esta salvar el planeta, dejar el consumo excesivo, aprender a respetar y cuidar aquello que nos rodea y nos permite seguir con vida. #savetheplanet#zerowaste#savetheearth#aplasticocean
The convenience of plastic is not convenient at all. Images like this are cropping up more and more. Wildlife is suffering. There are alternatives to this invention and if you do buy it, simply cut it or pull it apart so there are no holes. 10 years ago we hardly saw any plastic in our waters. If we don't take a stance what will the Caribbean Sea be like in 2027? @scuba.sarah took this near Dive Tech on the west side of Grand Cayman. The other images are from Google. #6packholder#grandcayman#cayman#caymanislands#plasticfreecayman#caribbeansea#plasticsea#plasticreef#aplasticocean
NEW STUDENT GROUP OF THE YEAR! Incredibly grateful for all the opportunities we have been given this year. Thank you to all you guys for helping us achieve all we have! Excited to see what the future holds!
It's getting harder and harder to choose what my favourite place is. Our world is so beautiful ☀️ • • I recently opened my eyes to a whole new problem that we are facing. It's sounds ridiculous because this problem is not new??? But for me it was just something that didn't really get through before now. Plastic! After watching "A plastic ocean" (a documentary - it is on Netflix) I realised how much damage we have caused, us as humans, just by starting the production of plastic. I can't give you all the facts in a post but I can encourage you to watch it for yourself. If the environment means just a little bit or if sea animals are something you would like to have around when you have children, watch it! One thing I can say though, is stop buying plastic bags. Something so simple, that you can stop doing, that will save so many animals! 💦 #refuseplastic#aplasticocean#greenbags#fiji#nature#iloveit
If you're travelling to Gili Trawangan think about the impact of the single use plastic in your consumption whilst you're here. Our beautiful island is drowning in plastic! Refuse straws. And keep your water bottles to refill or better yet, buy a reusable bottle whilst here. @refillmybottlegili is a great initiative by @giliecotrust and have a bunch of businesses offering cheap refills all over the island. Little things can make a big difference 🌏❤️