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3 Areas We need to Focus on to Tackle Plastic Waste

The future depends on our ability to decrease the production of new plastics while also eliminating the plastic waste that is already sitting in our ocean, on our soil, in our deserts, and even on Mount Everest! It’s everywhere and every single one of them needs a solution.

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What does 8 Million Tons of Plastic Mean?
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What does 8 Million Tons of Plastic Mean?

You’ve heard the 8 Million Tons of plastics entering our ocean every year. That’s the 15 trucks every minute statistic.

We have so many numbers. But what does 8 Million Tons mean to you? Or 15 trucks full of plastics every minute. What does that look like at the end of a day or a week?

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Two things that recycling is not: The Solution and the Enemy
Collecting plastics before they make their way into the ocean is key, we're all in this together.

Two things that recycling is not: The Solution and the Enemy

With the heightened awareness around plastic pollution and the rising willingness of consumers to “do something about it” comes the much-needed attention to recycling. This attention brings with it supporters…

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"Recyclable"
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"Recyclable"

What do you think when you see this word on a product?
Most of us who are not involved in the manufacturing process, hold a PhD. in Plastics or work in recycling can find this term confusing or just plain misleading.
We are naive when we think “recyclable” means that the item can be recycled when you place it into a common recycling bin. Sometimes it might mean that, but in reality it’s unlikely.

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The simple 101 of Plastics Recycling

Is everything plastic recyclable?
That magical thing that happens once you throw that plastic bottle, cup, cap, lid, spoon, etc isn’t as magical as you might think. I’ve been researching this for the last year, and at every turn I’ve found so many things that we’ve been misinformed about.
The recycling facilities do not accept everything for recycling.
Compared to all that we consume, what the recycling facilities accept are too limited.
The challenges are in educating people about types of plastics out there, what can be recycled and how, and what can’t be recycled at all. And this changes from one municipality to another since recycling is tied to Cities.

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Alternatives to Coffee Pods

We can work to be as gracious to Mother Nature as she is to us
I’ve had an issue with the single use coffee pods for a long time now. Whether it’s Keurig or Nespresso or some other brand, these coffee cups are just not healthy for us or the environment.
This is as simple an issue for me – it’s harmful to everything around, so much so that even the inventor is sorry he ever gave his idea to the companies. If you still want to continue doing so, that’s fine, but the harmful and expensive habit should be heavily taxed and it’s use banned in public places, just as in Hamburg, to protect people and our earth from the harm.

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Keeping your Teeth and the Environment Healthy at the same time

Well yes, a single toothbrush isn’t going to save the earth. But a single one is going to kill multiple seabirds and marine mammals. And a million of them is going to harm the oceans as a whole.
Imagine that dentists tell everybody to change their toothbrushes every 3 months – that’s 4 toothbrushes a year per person! Where this claim of having to change your toothbrush every 3 months comes from, is an entire other discussion for me. (Industry!) Say that only half the people in the US alone brush their teeth every day and do this. That’s 150million x 4 = 600 million toothbrushes a year from the US alone. Then you can stretch this to other Western countries, developed Asian countries and populations etc.

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Earth and Us
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Earth and Us

Here’s a different type of post. Something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time…
Reflecting on us vs. our planet.  We watch what we eat, we take breaks and go to vacations, we give ourselves breaks and attend shows and concerts. We do what we can to keep our heads clear, to keep our bodies clean and clear.

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