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Will Plastics Become a Thing of the Past?

Positive Future #258 (Feature photo – Popular Uses of Plastic – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The consequences of human ingestion of micro-plastic particles from carpets to food packaging are now at least on the debate table. Who knows what the long-term effects are? The food chain and the natural environment have been encroached upon in ways that we may not fully understand for some time. Recently, the European Union is fighting to ban single-use plastics and create a more effective plan for recycling plastic. Will the world ever find itself plastic-free? Given time, perhaps nothing is impossible. Phil Lempert gives us a more in-depth perspective in the following video. Want…

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No More Plastic Foam and Common Plastics

Positive Future #228 (Feature photo – Dominica Coat of Arms – CCA SA 4.0 International) The small and poor island nation of Dominica – some 75,000 people out in the ocean north of South America – is banning plastic. Dominica is making world history in its sweeping ban of polluting waste products. Items such as plastic straws, plates, forks, knives and plastic foam cups and containers will be illegal starting in 2019. Dominica prides itself as the Nature Isle and must act to preserve that distinction. Not too far from Dominica, large patches of plastic pollution are showing up in the nearby waters. Other nations making sweeping bans on plastic…

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Getting Rid of Plastic Bags

Positive Future #213 (Feature photo – Plastic Bags – Public Domain Trosmisiek) Cutting down the use of plastic bags in England started three years ago when a five pence (about 6.5 cents) charge was applied to plastic grocery bags. According to a report by Energy Live News, the small charge has curtailed the use of plastic bags in grocery stores by a stunning 86 percent. The drop has equated to an annual reduction of 300 million bags. The reduction in plastic bag use has resulted in an estimated 50 percent reduction in plastic bag marine pollution. You can read the full story here: https://www.energylivenews.com/2018/07/29/plastic-bag-sales-in-england-plunge-86-since-5p-charge/ Want More? – Sign up below…

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Ending the Food-Chain’s Love Affair with Plastic

Positive Future #192 (Feature photo – Plastic bag floating in the Ocean – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) According to the United Nations Environment Program, the world produces over 300 million tons of plastic annually. This is equal to about 80 lbs. of plastic for every person in the world every year. It is estimated that 5 trillion plastic bags end up in the ocean each year. The world, including almost all households, has become polluted with trillions of micro-plastic particles that can even float in the air. In the U.S., California and Hawaii have banned single-use plastic bags. The cities of Austin, Boston, Chicago and Seattle have also banned single-use.…

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Coming Soon – Drinking Straws Made of Paper

Touch the Soil News #1049 (Feature photo – Plastic Straws on the Way Out – CCA 2.0 Generic) Few things have defined the food chain as much as plastic, plastic bags, containers, utensils and drinking straws for beginners. The damage to the environment from plastics has emerged as a crisis event – not to mention the millions of micro-plastic particles that we ingest regularly. At the forefront of the change is the U.K. which is banning single use plastics. Recently a new company in Wales has opened the first paper-straw factory in decades. Transcend Packaging is working to supply a growing need to transition away from plastic straws and back…

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The World is Turning Away from Plastic

Touch the Soil News #1029 (Feature photo – Plastic Straws – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Emerging statistics of micro-plastic particles in our water bottles, floating onto our dinner plates and compromising our oceans are becoming more common place. Now, the European Union (with a population that is 60 percent larger than the U.S.) is banning 10 popular single-use plastic products. These products are materially driven by the food chain and are responsible for 70 percent of all marine litter. Part of the plan is to require that single-use plastics are no longer provided free of charge and that other more environmentally friendly materials must be used. While ocean pollution is…

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