Recycling is a hot button issue these days. Unrecycled single-use plastics are amongst the biggest polluters of our oceans and beaches. Several countries and cities have already stepped up and effectively banned single-use plastics.
As of August 2017, Kenya has placed a complete ban on the use of plastic bags. The UK has taken a big step toward banning plastic microbeads that are found in face scrubs and personal care products. Montreal began 2018 by banning all single-use plastic bags. The city of Malibu, CA has voted to ban the sale, distribution and use of single-use plastic straws, silverware and stirrers. As of July 1, Seattle became the first U.S. city to put in place a complete ban on single-use plastic utensils and straws. It was just a matter of time before corporate America began feeling the heat. One week after Seattle implemented its ban on single-use plastics, Starbucks announced that by 2020 all their signature green straws will be replaced with straws made of biodegradable material.
Recently, Adidas announced that they would be teaming up with an organization called Parley to incorporate unrecycled plastic from beaches into its products. So far, Adidas has a line of Parley products that range from shoes to yoga pants. The money from these products will be invested in The Parley Ocean School, that focuses on environmental education for kids with the goal of “raising the next generation of ocean guardians”.
As of this morning, Disney announced that they will be doing away with plastic straws and stirrers in all their parks with exception of Disney Tokyo.
Here at Remote Recycle, we work hard to ensure that the plastic waste we produce is properly recycled. At the end of the day, the responsibility falls on each of us to take responsibility for the waste we produce and to keep the planet clean and healthy for the next generation.
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