The Problem: Plastic Waste
Where the problem started
The main problem with plastic is that it can last forever. Not only is it an eyesore, but plastics contain chemicals such as BPA’s, which we now know leach into our food, water, and ultimately our bodies. Innovators are always searching for ways to make recycling better and more efficient. Still, the amount of plastic in our landfills and water is so large that a more immediate and long-term solution must be made.
A CLEARER PICTURE
- Despite society being focused on reducing current usage, the pace of plastic production shows no signs of slowing.
- Recycling is only addressing 9% of total production.*
- Incinerating or landfilling compounds the problem by releasing harmful toxins into the air and leaching into groundwater.
- Studies show that microplastics are showing up in our food chain (i.e., animal tissues, sea salt).
- Available landfill capacity is diminishing <25 years.*
- Legislation globally is trending towards bans on plastics in landfills, but only in developed countries.
- Global markets for recycled plastics are shrinking or shutting down due to oversupply and low demand.