Billions of straws are used once and thrown away every day. That's enough to fill 1000 school buses every 24 hours! Together with Justin Blaney we are joining over 1 million people with the #NOSTRAW challenge on June 5th to seek a greener future by pursuing healing for each our planet.
What is more, the European Union announced a plan to ban single-use plastic items. Items such as straws, plates, cutlery and cotton buds are among the plastic products prohibited, targeting the plastic products found in European oceans. Say no to straws for 24 hours and for ever!
Single use plastic products are neither beneficial to the economy and certainly not the environment. These proposals will incite change and promote the development of sustainable alternatives. If these regulations pass, Europe will be leading the world towards a more eco-conscious future, preserving the planets limited natural resources.
According to the Huffington Post: Consumers would save about $7.6 billion per year, 30,000 jobs would be created and about 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be avoided by 2030.
This policy is a bold step forward in reducing and regulating plastic consumption. We should always try to reduce our use of plastic items and recycle when we can.
WHY RECYCLE PLASTIC?
Conserve 80% of energy used to make new plastic products
Save the earth’s natural resources
Reduce greenhouse gases and pollution
Reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes into our landfills and oceans
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE WASTE ALREADY SITTING IN OUR LANDFILLS?
Designers and furniture companies are leading by example in the UP-CYCLING
industry, repurposing plastic “trash” in ways that create modern furniture pieces for your home. This is a great way to fight waste and turn it into something beautiful, instead of using up our earth’s precious resources.
OUR TOP 10 FAVORITE RECYCLED PIECES
Entire space was created using recycled materials, the zero waste bistro introduces tableware and furniture from iittala and artek. a collage of recycled mediums comes together to form an all-blue bistro — a testament to the idea that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure.