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From disposable cutlery to water bottles, bags and food wrapping, plastic is everywhere. And, unless it's been burned, every piece ever made still exists somewhere on our planet - meaning that up to 12.7 million tonnes of the stuff ends up in the ocean every year.
It's difficult to eschew all plastic given that so much food comes packaged in it, but small changes such as bringing your own bags to the supermarket, or shopping at local farm shops could make a big difference.
Large amounts of plastic trash flow from land to sea, but some enter the oceans through major rivers. Once at sea these floating plastics are carried around by ocean currents and can end up anywhere in our world’s waters, sometimes even reaching countries far away like America!
Negligence is the main cause. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of marine litter comes from land. This pollution comes mainly from household waste, which is poorly recycled, dumped in landfills or abandoned in nature. This waste is carried by the winds, pushed by the rains into sewers, streams, rivers, and finally in the oceans. Natural disasters such as floods must be considered as other causes of plastic pollution as well.
Purchasing products using innovative plastic replacement technologies, just like our products from A Good Company! From mobile cases, cutlery sets, water bottles, straws, pen, and even toothbrush.
Recognizing plastic pollution for the problem that it is, we try our best to remove it from our products wherever possible.
Studies show that replacing plastic with alternative materials would help lessen environmental damage. The best alternative to plastic includes Stainless steel, Glass, Wood (Bamboo), Paper (Stone paper), and there's a unique company that uses stone paper for their product packaging, that is, A Good Company.
Almost all products including food are in plastic packaging, without it, most of us would hate the fact that we are dependent on plastic. Avoid using disposables, plastic bottles and use reusable bottles instead, plastic straws, disposable cutlery set, and many others. Of course, the traditional recycling method involves melting plastics and processing them into new plastic products. After recyclers melt the plastic, they make them into new products through a process called injection molding.
Single-use plastic is typically used once, but it needs hundreds of years to break down in landfills. Disposable plastics, such as plastic straws, bags, coffee stirrers, food packaging, and soda and water bottles, never break down completely. Instead, they degrade and become microplastics and continue to pollute the environment.
Some of the major impacts that disposable plastic can do on our environment include, direct harm to wildlife, pacific trash vortex, greenhouse gases, and loss of our rich soil.
Plastic straws are a menace to our oceans. One study published earlier this year estimates that 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches. Bans are a step in the right direction, but finding sustainable alternatives is crucial. At A Good Company, we wanted to create a long-lasting solution. BPA-plastic wasn’t an option.
We searched, tested, and found bamboo as a clear winner, substitution for plastic straws. Bamboo is a fascinating plant that is growing in popularity every day. It’s known, among other things, for its strength, durability, and versatile material.
Bamboo straws are an eco-friendly alternative to standard plastic straws. The natural material means you can enjoy your favorite drink without worrying about toxins being stored inside.
It is 100% sustainable, fully biodegradable, and can be harvested in as little as 3-5 years. Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen into our atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide when compared to other plants. We also have A Good Wheat Straw, our eco-friendly alternative to plastic disposable straws. Simple, wheat straw is the stalk that’s leftover from harvesting wheat grains. Instead of this material going to waste it can be used as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic straws.
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