We Live In A World Full Of Plastic, And People Are Sick Of It.
Action to eliminate single Plastics are sweeping the world. The first thing you notice when you get into natural weighing is the tempting smell of food, and Chloe and Rob Masefield are at the small shop in Crickhowell, a small town in Wales. Then you will see people bring their own containers and bottles and fill them up with rice, pasta, seeds, oil and beauty products. They then pay for the product by weight. “Zero- Garbage or plastic Free stores are springing up all over the world, and they don\'t sell anything. Consumers protested the sheer waste of resources in modern packaging and the impact of the world\'s most common materials on wildlife and the environment. Many shopkeepers report that their customers are becoming more enthusiastic about a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. Masefield\'s store was one of the 60 plastic stores in the early days As we all know, the UK has opened free stores in the past 18 months. \"This is a huge success,\" said Chloe . \". \"Trade has been growing. We all work in environmental organizations and are shocked by the amount of plastic we can see everywhere. We will pick up the pieces while walking and see some of them are already 15 years old. We were so frustrated that we couldn\'t buy anything without plastic coverage. ”Plastic- In supermarkets in Europe, free access has become more common, with stores selling unpacked groceries in the United States, Canada, Australia and mainland China. A plastic in Berlin, Germany Free supermarkets now sell more than 600 products. Stimulated by celebrities and popular TV shows such as Blue Planet 2, the show shows marine wildlife blocked by plastic, as well as plastic micro Powerful international sports groups and foundations such as particles entering the human body, Greenpeace, WWF, Marine Life Foundation and Friends of the Earth are waging war on plastics. New groups like 5 Gyres and the Plastic Pollution Coalition are joining them. Together they highlighted the exponential growth in plastic use over the past 30 years and urged people to refuse to be singleuse plastic. They pointed out that the world\'s plastic production has increased from about 100 million metric tons in 1989 to more than 0. 335 billion metric tons today; One study found that 91% of plastic is not recycled. On the contrary, most of the garbage is discarded or burned to landfill sites. In a sense, plastic packaging now accounts for about half of the world\'s plastic waste. Until consumers start to exercise loudly, food, drinks and other heavy plastics Using a business has little responsibility for a single business Using plastic waste, expect city collection services and small recycling markets to clean up the waste and dispose of their products. Environmental advocates are now challenging companies that flood cities with billions of coffee cups that cannot be recycled and 5 trillion plastic bags that are used only once a year. 10 years ago, few fruits and vegetables were seen wrapped in plastic. Today, raw materials, even wood, metal products, and construction materials are wrapped in plastic films. The companies responded that plastic could protect the goods from damage and extend the life of the food. Strong public opposition has shaken global companies, and many of them have now promised to change their way. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which includes more than 250 food, beverage and other consumer multinationals including Coca-Cola, Danone, Mars, L\'Oreal, Pepsi and Unilever, has signed new plastics The companies have vowed to solve the problem of plastic pollution. Some have promised to eliminate all \"un\" Others have promised to ensure that their packaging is 100% recyclable. But despite the commitment of many supermarkets to eradicate the United Nations Consumer activists say recyclable ketchup bottles, yogurt cups, and bags of mixed fruits and vegetables are often vague and voluntary and many will not be enacted in a few years. Not only do companies delay change, they often say that their plastics are \"recyclable\", \"bio. All of this sounds good, Greenpeace says, but it may actually be of little use. K. Activist Louise Edge \"The individual commitments that these companies are making are far from enough,\" Edge said . \". \"Making packaging more recyclable is a step forward, but making packaging more recyclable is not. The problem is that the plastic waste produced by the leading brands has exceeded what our recycling system can handle. Just because something is recyclable doesn\'t mean it will actually be recycled. \"The government also recognizes the concerns of consumers, as well as the growing problems caused by plastics, including floods caused by sewer jams and wildlife casualties. According to US media reportsN. Single research 127 of 192 countries use plastic (66 percent) Some legislation has now been passed to regulate the manufacture, sale, use and disposal of a single itemuse plastics. The United Nations Environment Programme said 83 of them banned free plastic bags from shops and 61 went further by banning the manufacture and import of plastic bags. 51 other countries have now passed laws to set recycling targets for plastic bags, and 27 have enacted legislation prohibiting specific products such as cups, plates, packaging or straws. But there are only eight countries including Canada, France, Italy, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States. K. and the U. S. Plastic beads are prohibited by laws or regulations, and plastic beads are widely used in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap and toothpaste. Ireland intends to adopt a law in 2019, and some countries will not be able to enforce the ban until 2020. \"Countries must seriously consider plastic alternatives that cost at least $8 billion a year,\" Celine Salcedo said . \" La Viña is a research assistant at the World Institute of Resources and is one of the leading authors in the United StatesN. report. For years, China has been a dumping ground for a country where plastics pile up, and 24 kinds of solid waste, including most plastics, were banned last year. As a result, more plastic waste is exported to poor countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, and more plastic waste is exported to incinerator factories in Europe. This leads to greenhouse gases and can be harmful to the health of nearby residents. But bans and legislation are not always valid. Plastic use in many developing countries has grown exponentially, with limited enforcement or recycling facilities. Kenya banned the use of plastic bags in 2017 and imposed severe fines, but plastic bags are still widely used, mostly smuggled across borders. In Bangladesh, after authorities found that plastic bags caused flooding by clogging the urban drainage system, a ban on plastic bags was imposed and plastic waste was only partially controlled. According to the China Association of Plastic Manufacturers, 3,000 kinds of plastic products The company produces more than 50,000 tons of waste per year, of which less than 40% tons are recovered. Cities and states have stepped in where the government has failed to implement change. Austin, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle are among the many cities in the United States. S. Cities where singles are prohibiteduse bags. Others, like Boulder in New York and Washington, D. C. C. There is an introduction fee. California is the only state to ban singles. Plastic bags are used in large retail stores, and Hawaii actually bans plastic bags across the state. Other areas, including Delaware, New York and Rhode Island, need to recycle in retail stores. But Jenny Romer, a lawyer and founder of plasticbaglaw, said. The US plastics industry is struggling with the proposed new law, paying lobbyists \"millions of dollars\" and filing a lawsuit to prevent the introduction of the new law. “The movement [against single- Using plastic bags \"I get stronger and stronger every day,\" Romer said . \". \"There is a lot of action at the grass-roots and local levels. People think this is something individuals can do to solve global problems. \"Representing the United States progressive package Alliance\"S. The plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry did not respond to the request for an interview, but on its website it claims that traditional plastic bags are packaging with minimal environmental impact. \"Plastic bags 100% are recyclable, it\'s easy to recycle, and it\'s a big difference,\" it said . \". \"Bans and taxes have had a negative impact on fixed income for working families and older people, but they don\'t have any meaningful help for the environment-in fact, they cause even greater problems. \"Back in Europe, the fight against the excessive use of plastic is taking place on the streets. \"I can\'t buy any more plastic. Shopping is fast enough for free. It\'s better than we expected, \"said Sophie Ray, who raised £ 33,000 ($42,000) Through crowdfunding within 12 days, she opened her Ripple life store in Cardiff, USAK. , in November. \"We now serve 200 customers a day. People who come here say they should shop consciously. That makes sense, doesn\'t it? \"the story is part of a series of stories about plastic waste funded by SC Johnson. All content is independent in editing, without the influence and input of the company.