Plastic, not so fantastic?
ABC’s War on Waste has been one of the most successful ways of engaging the general public on the plastic debate.
As a material, plastic fundamentally changed the way we live and was revered in it’s day, as one of our (mankind) greatest inventions. In the 1960’s it’s favourable manufacturing price made it extremely accessible and tempered our appetite for convenience and durability.
From the Philip Starck’s Ghost Chairs (pictured below), polyester in our clothing to the modern syringe, plastic has infiltrated our lives - for better or worse?
A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips? The world produces 335 million tonnes of plastic every year, of which 91% goes un-recycled. It is sent to landfill instead of being put back into the economy and reused - that’s right, the circular economy. We can all do our part when it comes to recycling the plastic that corporations put into the world - but what can they do?
Australian’s are speaking and the voices are getting louder and louder with major supermarkets such as Harris Farm, Coles and Woolworths banning single use plastic and Mc Donalds banning plastic straws by 2020. The UK has gone a step further and banned all sales of single-use plastics, including plastic straws and cotton swabs from the country as early as next year.
Single use plastics are out. It’s no longer cool to be convenient. What does this mean for an emerging economy within this space? Out with the old and in with the new… what cool companies will jump in and provide solutions?
We came across this great company STROH recently - and love it! Taking straws back to their grass roots… yes… made from left-overs, these little babies hold shape, are designed using circular design principles and are on a mission to change the world, one stroh at a time.
The wonderful Founder of Stroh is Teresa Aylott an exceptionally positive entrepreneur in her own right. If you’re a cafe, event producer or restaurant - you should connect with her here and do your bit to move towards a more circular economy.