Ban black plastic
Black plastic is used to offer better aesthetics or to protect food allegedly from UV rays (it is made from cheaper materials and might be competitive for the end product for manufacturers).
However, this cannot be recycled; and this because of the carbon black pigment in the plastic. Sorting machines in Recycle Centers cannot detect the trays because of the pigment, which means they generally end into landfill.
Producers of plastic should rethink or forced by the State to produce white plastic only. The change will allow the plastic parts to be put straight into household recycling.
How super markets react? Do they ask their suppliers to proceed in black tray change with a white one? Have you ever sent a letter to the food factory by asking the black plastic tray to be replaced? What do the plant sellers do? Do they ask for white or taupe plastic pot instead?
All this plastic ends finally to the landfill and our oceans
An estimated 100 million aquatic animals die every year
And this is because they mistake plastic debris for food. Moreover, microplastic as we call the plastic pieces less than five millimeters long are found in our water supply, soil, salt, beer, seafood, bottled water, and has recently been discovered in human feces.
Marine plastic is impacting our food chain and as it breaks down, releases greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Furthermore, the health of the ocean is unequivocally vital to the health of our planet.
Shell Cleave, Founder of Sea Hugger https://seahugger.org , a nonprofit organization based in Half Moon Bay, CA is focused on eliminating marine plastic pollution. Correctly says
Let’s stop assuming we can recycle our way out of the plastic pollution epidemic and refuse, rethink, and reuse. We caused this problem Together we can fix it
It is optimistic to see beyond activism of insitutions the real laws by Governments.
UK is one of the active countries against plastic pollution. It is worth to read this article: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/uk-tackling-plastic-pollution-waste-plan/
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