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Breaking up with Plastic

February 12, 2018

Breaking up with Plastic

Plastics are everywhere. They're so easy to use, lightweight and durable...

So good, but so bad. They end up as trash everywhere. You've heard it all before. 

But most plastics sent to be recycled might as well be tossed in the trash. It's a sad joke- but here's what we're doing to change all that...

 


CC Image courtesy of MichaelisScientists via Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever thought about the amount of plastic surrounding you?

How much of it are you going through every year?

Where exactly is your plastic waste going?

Got you thinking? Good!

Here are a few truths about our plastic world...

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic Oceans

Covering 70% of our globe, our oceans definitely make their presence known, but are we listening?

Growing consumerism and the poor management of waste is contributing to a HUGE plastic problem. In fact, 8 to 12 million tons of plastic is ending up in our oceans each year. 

Animals are injured and are dying, getting caught up in floating islands of garbage.

Plastics have become such a widespread issue, that it’s predicted that by 2050 there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish!

 

 


More Plastic More Problems

If you’re thinking recycling is the answer, think again…

Many processing plants simply don’t have the facilities (or resources) available to recycle all plastics. Even in this modern day and age!

Only around 9% of plastics actually end up recycled!

Not all recycled plastics are actually recycled…

Even if everyone did their part, recycle sorting centers are failing our planet. Most of the plastic we send to recycling is sent right over to landfills.

From the plastics they do keep, some are sold to developing countries, some are incinerated, and only a small fraction are actually recycled into PCR (post-consumer resin.)

The truth behind recycled plastic packaging…

Virgin plastic (newly manufactured) is often mixed in with recycled materials to produce packaging. Whilst this is definitely helping to keep plastics out of landfills, packaging manufacturers don't really use 100% recycled plastic for cosmetics. There are some that use 100% PCR for food or cleaning products, but cosmetics have too many ingredients that can absorb contaminants from recycled plastic. What they do is put a virgin layer between the product and the PCR.

 

 


source: theplaidzebra.com

Bioplastics aren’t so green after all…

Bioplastics sound all green and fancy, so perhaps they’re the answer?

Unfortunately, the crops used to manufacture bioplastics, such as sugarcane and maize, are often GMO and heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides - gross (not to mention, potentially dangerous!)

Large areas of cheap land are needed to grow the necessary crops, so they’re quietly clearing out rainforests for this. Not very ‘bio’ or ‘eco’ at all!

The word ‘bio’ can be deceiving…

Some bioplastics (PLA) are compostable! Hurray, rejoice - let’s throw them on our compost heap and go about our day…

Hold up!

High temperatures, industrial digesters, and UV light are needed in order to compost PLA plastics. They simply won’t break down in home compost heaps - doesn’t exactly sound all that ‘eco’...

They can’t even be recycled in the same way as traditional plastics. If they become mixed in with recyclable PET, a tiny bit can contaminate an entire truckload and make it unusable.

In many ways bioplastics are just greenwashed everyday plastics!

 


Plastic Alternatives

Glass and metal are just two options which are both recyclable. In fact, both can be recycled an INFINITE number of times.

Yes, glass is a heavy, fragile material, and this means higher transport costs with more energy required. Still, its ‘green’ credentials make it a great option with a very low impact on the environment.

Metal is much lighter, cheaper and eco-friendly to transport. Mining it irresponsibly can be destructive, but it’s durability and recyclability give it ‘green’-cred.

Other sustainable materials include compostable paper, bamboo and sustainable wood that is harvested from sustainable FSC-certified forests, managed to maintain a natural balance of tree and plant diversity!

Things are looking up!

 

 

 


Ginga’s Stance

We take our packaging seriously.

We strive to use the least amount of plastics in our packaging, with as much PCR as we can use. Wherever possible we’ll use materials like glass, vegan porcelain (no bone ash) and safe metals.

We care about our environmental impact so researching new and more sustainable packaging is always a priority for us.

Our Ultimate Goal

Ultimately, we want to make our line completely free of the materials that damage the planet, using only metal, glass and truly compostable plastics that can decompose in your home garden.

ALL of our packaging is reusable AND recyclable which is something we are incredibly proud of, and we hope you are too!

No unnecessary waste needs to be produced as a result of using our products. It’s time to feel good! Enjoy :)

 

 written by: Michaela Salacinski