Negotiations for a Global Plastics Treaty began in 2022. Aiming to be in place by 2024, this is our opportunity to end the plastic crisis. The idea is to dramatically cap and phase out plastic production, prevent plastic pollution, and aid the transition to a zero-waste, low carbon, and circular economy. Plastic has huge detrimental effects on our health, it causes irreversible damage to our ecosystems and the animals inhabiting them, it is a leading cause of the climate crisis, and it deepens injustice and inequalities. Pushback is expected from the petrochemical industry, corporations, and governments, we must fight against them to finally end our reliance on plastics.
The lives of residents of East Palestine, Ohio have been disrupted after a train derailment near their community released numerous hazardous substances into the air, topsoil, and surface water. Residents were evacuated after the accident, but have returned to their homes after the EPA deemed the area safe. However, residents are sceptical and concerned about the consequences of the chemicals on their health. An estimated 25 million people live in areas vulnerable to deadly derailments in the US.
The ageing military fuel storage facility operated by the U.S. Navy has been under investigation for years following a series of leaks, which have never let to its closure. In December 2021, following a 14,000 gallon fuel loss, an emergency order has finally been put in place to remove the fuel and permanently close the facility. The leak has contaminated the water supply of 92,000 O’ahu residents causing serious health issues.
Bioplastics - the future, or just another problem?
Could we have found the answer to our plastic problem? By creating plastics from renewable biomass sources, instead of petrobased polymers, scientists have found a way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels - but at what cost? Find out more about the pro's and con's here.
The priniciples of zero waste embrace the familiar concepts of recycling and reusing, but also that of living in an environmentally friendly way. If we can lower our consumption, the demand for products, packaging, materials, and fuel falls - along with high levels of trash and its associated pollution. Find out here how you can get started on your zero waste journey today.
These tiny pieces of plastic fragments have found their way into our natural ecosystems. They exist in the form of microbeads, fibers and pellets, or broken down from a larger plastic object. Cosmetics, clothing, and industry are the main culprits. Learn about the effects it is having on organisms including humans here, aswell as the microbead ban, and many other reports.