What is the right thing to choose to protect the environment?
What to choose is simply a result of what you believe in. Do you believe in recycling or in the concept of always producing new materials?
To highlight why we have chosen not to work with bioplastics (as we do not regard them as environmentally friendly), we can provide the following information:
From the perspective of raw materials:
Currently (and it is growing every year) sugar cane plastics are estimated to require 3.4 million acres of land to grow the crops to meet the global demand for bioplastics. Very often this land is obtained by. deforesting rain forests (the lungs of the world)
Large-scale production of bioplastics (especially sugar cane plastics) has a negative impact on food availability (farmers grow sugar cane instead of food in poor areas).
From an environmental perspective:
According to a 2010 study, the entire life cycle of bioplastics is not that eco-friendly, as the production consumes more energy in the form of fertilizers, and pesticides, and requires extensive chemical processing in order to turn the organic material into plastic.
When rain forests are deforested to grow the likes of sugar cane, wild animal life is affected. As an example, pandas and orangutans suffer when rain forests are deforested in order to grow sugar cane.
From the perspective of recycling:
Bioplastics are designed to be composted rather than recycled, as they cannot be recycled with normal plastic types. The problem is that, in reality, they cannot be composted. They become micro plastics (that will never disappear from nature).
If bioplastics are not discarded properly, they will contaminate batches of perfectly good recycled plastics at the recycling facilities, so they can no longer be used. Furthermore, they harm the entire recycling infrastructure.
Bioplastics need high-temperature, industrial composting facilities to break down the plastic, which very few countries have. As a direct result of this, bioplastics end up in landfills where they release methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Taking this into consideration, bioplastics pollute more than the production of new plastics.
If you believe in recycling, bioplastics represent the direct opposite. Bioplastics are freshly produced to make new packaging. There is no recycling involved. Plastic products made out of bioplastics cannot be recycled after they have been made.
Ocean Waste Plastic
Ocean Waste Plastic is already available. It removes plastic from the oceans. Collecting it not only cleans the planet and saves the sea life; it also prevents the need to make new material (which creates more pollution). OWP is as good as any other plastic, so why make new plastic when there is already plenty of it floating in our nature?
The concept of our OWP is not only about collecting plastic in the ocean for each kilo of OWP sold, it is also about working to prevent new plastic from entering the oceans. We support the recycling industry and we support local initiatives of creating recycling in areas where plastic is typically not collected and recycled.
There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic (150 million tons) in the oceans. We just have to collect them. OWP is a philosophy.
pieces of plastic currently
litter the oceans (150 million tons)
tons of plastic enter our
oceans every year
of all plastic packaging is never recycled