Why waste management and recycling are an important part of the environment4change strategy?
As a species mankind has been gifted a single planet, Earth. Our shared planet has a definable set of scare resources, but mankind arguably has an undefined ability to be creative, innovative and resourceful. As demand for raw resources continue to increase over time, with an increasing population, production processes reliant on the raw materials MUST consider every avenue, other than the consumption of our rare and scarce virgin natural resources, as the inputs and inputs to production. Recycled production inputs must make up an increasing and growing percentage of raw material requirements towards our global wants.
A circular economic model is widely considered the best solution for what needs to be done today, to manage better, the demand of tomorrow. environment4change is committed to the recycling and the circular economic models as these offer a reachable and attainable solution now offering notable reductions in building stockpiles of single use supplied goods.
The opportunity around use of recyclable products appear limited only by the imagination of the entrepreneur. environment4change will support purchase, partner and collaboration with organisations offering use and sale of recycled plastics and other goods as part of a sustainable circular economy, and provide the impetus for new markets to be started in global hotspots where planet saving opportunity cries out, to be heard.
Supporting the missing ‘Waste Management Middle’
“If the top five plastic-polluting countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka – managed to achieve a 50% improvement in their waste management — for example by investing in waste management infrastructure, the total global amount of mismanaged waste would be reduced by around a quarter.” IFLSCIENCE!(n.a)(n.d).
There appears a global need for someone to step-up for the benefit of planet. Step up where local, regional and national governments have not, cannot or refuse to. Step up to pick-up, collect and recycle. In instances like this, around the World and specifically in areas of China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, the environment4change footprint will land, either alone or in partnership and establish the critical infrastructure and services needed to keep plastics and refuse out of waterways and other points of insidious contact with fish, animals and human beings.
An example of the type of partnership and collaboration the environment4change team believes illustrates the commencement of good will and changing attitudes of some of the globes largest corporates comes from a handful of the World’s biggest consumer goods and chemical companies. A ninety (90) Million USD fund to find solutions to plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia has been established to find solutions to plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia. It has been promised more will come when a solution is found.
A point made by Katharina Stenholm, chief of cycles and procurement officer at Danone (Eco-Business, 26 October 2018) was:
“While we are working hard to ensure our packaging is designed to be circular, the reality is that it cannot be reused, recycled or composted without effective waste management systems in place.”
Seeing waste kept out of waterways, oceans and landfills is the first step towards making our world a cleaner place for us all. In some areas around the world, government has not intervened as there is an absence of profit in supporting such services in the areas most needy.
There has been a missing part of the environmental solutions ‘jig-saw’ puzzle. This part has been absent from the working environmental models until now, to a large extent, as the information and effect of polluting behaviours was not well known nor consider serious enough to matter. That was yesterday! Today, the globe is waking up to the importance of all-natural resources being managed in a sustainable fashion. A recent focus on cause and effect has the big end of town listening. The environment4change team believe large corporates can help if given the right mechanism and partner to become environmentally active. We are committed to helping large organisations and corporations’ practice generous and ongoing environmental benevolence.
“The question is not whether a world without plastic pollution is possible, but what we will do together to make it happen.” Ellen MacArthur. 29 October 2018.
The environment4change team is ready to make a difference by providing infrastructure, plant and equipment, for the benefit of local and global inhabitants, in locations of heavy polluting where others have ignored the problem for an easy solution. Every tonne of plastics kept out of our shared oceans is a blessing for us all.
Just how bad is the plastic polluting of our shared oceans?
Our comment here is not an almanac of published research on the gross polluting of our shared oceans, by our collective over-reliance on plastic products. The history of plastic, its mainstream adoption, is well known and described in many authoritative texts’. The current day concern is the ongoing use of plastics, particularly in developing countries, due to plastics’ versatility and low cost to production.
Just how much of a serious problem is plastics in our waterways and oceans? The Conversation (13.2.2015) says it is order of Eight (8) Million tonnes a year, and growing.
“You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of coastline (excluding Antarctica). By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year.
The conversation goes on to say, if the worse polluting countries made a 50% improvement in their waste management via investment in infrastructure, plant, equipment and knowhow, the total globe polluting waste would reduce by up to 25%. What is the solution? The best solution will offer a matrix of inputs towards a single final purpose or outcome. Investing in waste management infrastructure is an important first step towards reducing the amount of plastic and other waste, left idle. Education is another important mechanism to precipitate a change in user behaviour as well as empowering every global citizen to make a small change locally to effect a greater change, globally.