Plastic is a global problem. Around 125 tons of plastic are floating in our land, water, and air. Approximately 40% of all produced plastic is used for packaging. TakeAware produces sustainable alternatives to disposables to reduce this percentage. Our oceans are full of plastic, which has led to the plastic soup. What is the plastic soup, what are the effects, and what can we do about it?
What is the plastic soup?
The term plastic soup refers to all plastic pollution in the ocean. This includes not only plastic bags and bottles that wash up on beaches but also micro and nano-plastics. These are pieces of plastic that have broken down so far that they are no longer visible to the naked eye. The plastic soup is a massive and global problem. Currently, it is estimated that there are about 100 to 150 tons of plastic waste floating in our waters. Imagine how many plastic shopping bags that is, as one shopping bag weighs about 3 grams.
The consequences of the plastic soup
Producing plastic is extremely cheap, and therefore, plastic is mass-produced. Plastic does not belong in our environment because it never fully decomposes. Meanwhile, plastic is found in the soil, water, and air, and many animals come into contact with it. Animals eat the plastic, can become entangled in it, and their ecosystems are affected. Not only animals but also human health can be affected by the large pollution. The concentration of microplastics is so high that we eat, drink, and breathe plastic. These large amounts of plastic in the environment need to be reduced.
Plastic Soup Foundation
The Plastic Soup Foundation was founded in February 2011. The mission of the Plastic Soup Foundation is to stop plastic pollution at the source, to stop the tsunami of the plastic soup! Campaigns are being set up with the health of humans, animal suffering, and other environmental effects in mind. Plastic Soup Foundation urges organizations, companies, and consumers to take action against the plastic soup.
Plastic alternatives at TakeAware
At TakeAware, we make sustainability available to everyone. We sell different types of disposables made from natural materials, such as sugar cane, bamboo, and palm leaf. All of our products are available in different variations and sizes. Our range varies from meal boxes, smoothie cups, and napkins, and more. At TakeAware, we strive for a world without plastic and without plastic soup!