The theme this World Environment day is to #BeatPlasticPollution -urging individuals, companies, governments and organizations all over the globe to reduce plastic waste and be more environmentally conscious of the harmful effects of the widespread use of plastics.
World Environment Day Outlook 2018 report titled "The State of Plastics" gives detailed information about the scope of the problem and the damaging effects of plastic pollution on human, animal and environmental health:
"Most plastics do not biodegrade. Instead, they slowly break down into smaller fragments known as microplastics. When plastic breaks down it becomes even more difficult to remove from the ocean. Studies suggest that plastic bags and containers made of “styrofoam” can take up to thousands of years to decompose, contaminating soil and water. Microplastics, if ingested by fish, can enter our food chain. They have been found in commercial table salt and studies show that 90 percent of bottled water and 83 percent of tap water contain plastic particles. Worryingly, little is known about the impacts of microplastics on human health. The most common single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude: cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types of plastic bags, and foam take-away containers. These are the waste products of a throwaway culture that treats plastic as a disposable material rather than a valuable resource to be harnessed."
(http://worldenvironmentday.global/sites/default/files/toolkit_with_nature/WED%202018_KeyReport_v1_web.pdf) Read more in the link above to the full report from World Environment Day Outlook 2018 which details the complexity of the situation.
Part of the solution to reducing plastic pollution is to replace plastic items we usually use with an alternative, reusable option or something that is made of recycled plastic/material and can be recycled once more at its end of use. Another way to reduce the amount of plastic waste currently is to collect the waste and transform it into something sustainable, practical and affordable. An interesting and emerging example is that of reusing plastics in combination with natural materials like sand to create eco-bricks made from post customer waste such as water bottles and plastic bags. Gaias Homes utilizes this sustainable solution by producing eco-bricks to build environmentally friendly, durable and affordable housing, promoting the idea that "trash could be a resource in a highly overpopulated and resource limited world" (https://www.gaiashomes.com/).
Nea Armonia is generating a collaboration with Gaias Homes as part of our commitment to environmental health and our passion for developing creative solutions to environmental and social problems. Reusing plastics for eco-bricks can help reduce plastic pollution, and this sustainable housing solution could provide a quickly built home for those many people in need of safe, proper housing all of the world.
We hope to help beat plastic pollution by working with companies or organizations like Gaias Homes that are committed to environmental sustainability, health and improving quality of life for all. Join us! And explore the World Environment Day website to learn more and get involved: http://worldenvironmentday.global/en
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