The Seychelles government has been banning plastic products from single use plastic bags to plastic straws one after the other. The reasons, from aesthetics to impacts on wildlife, are obvious. Governments in many countries are doing the same. But, banning these products without significant further action is putting a finger on a spigot at a time when we need to suppress the tidal wave, says the World Resources Institute. Whilst these laws may reduce the most visible form of plastic pollution, it could be at the expense of other environmental impacts. That’s because, somewhat ironically, disposable plastic bags require fewer resources to produce than paper, cotton or reusable plastic bags. You would need to reuse a paper bag at least 43 times for its per-use environmental impacts to be equal to or less than that of a typical disposable plastic bag used one time. An organic cotton bag must be reused 20,000 times to produce less of an environmental impact than a single-use plastic bag. That would be like using a cotton bag every day for nearly 55 years. As a society, we should think holistically about the products we use and their impacts. We can’t just ban bad products—we must invest in alternatives. https://lnkd.in/eJSCY5A
Costs of damage to oceans could bankrupt most nations
A new study says the cost of damaging our oceans could run up to $2 trillion. Pollution, overfishing and climate change are severely compounding each other and shouldn’t be tackled individually, the report warns.
Pollution, overfishing and climate change are just some of the environmental pressures that are amplifying each other more than previously assumed, according to a new study of the world’s oceans by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Continue reading “Costs of damage to oceans could bankrupt most nations”