When most of us think about trying to be more eco-friendly when it comes to our trash, we're focusing on what goes inside the bag.
A common strategy to clean up the huge amount of waste plastic we currently have littered the world is to turn it into something useful. However, while many products use some post-consumer recycled plastic to be a little greener, it's still relatively rare for a product to be made entirely out of sustainable, recycled materials.
We've been looking for alternatives to traditional plastics for decades now. While there have been some successes using plant-based materials, changes have been slow to come to the market.
The figures of the Gomi-hiroi Samurai (which roughly translates to litter-picking samurai) have become common sights in Tokyo, Japan. These street samurai, in their denim kimonos and fedoras, have a unique way of taking on one of the city's common enemies.
When it comes to eco-friendly policies and green changes, there are big ones and small ones. The big ones grab most of the headlines, but we sometimes forget that the small ones can have an outsized impact if enough people really embrace them.
We are all becoming aware of the accumulation of plastic, especially in the oceans. If we become proactive, we can reduce the number of disposable plastic that pose a threat to our ecosystems.
Ocean waste has become a larger and larger problem with every year that passes. Tons of plastic wind up in the water every single day, and the floating islands of waste are an issue that has captured the attention of activists, conservationists, and even corporations.
Large corporations, small businesses, municipalities, and American families are looking for ways to reduce plastics waste, specifically product packaging, which accounts for 36% of plastics that end in landfills. Even with recycling initiatives, awareness, and new programs, 90.
With thousands of runners in need of hydration during their 26.2-mile race, water bottles are handed out along the route to be consumed and tossed away as they are finished.
Recently, we discussed how to break up with plastic in general. But what if you're not involved in industrial packaging directly? There are a plethora of ways to approach the issue.