What can be done about plastics?
According to the EPA, Americans generated 33 million tons of plastics in 2013, equivalent to 13 percent of the waste stream and of that, only 9% of plastics were recycled in 2013*. Depending on the study, estimates for biodegradation of common use items such as cups, bottles and shopping bags ranges from a couple of centuries to 1000 years, any way you look at it, it is a really long time. Why so long? While there are numerous reasons, it is basically that microbes do not recognize plastics as a food source.
Couple that with no apparent changes on the horizon from a regulatory or consumer behavioral standpoint, not to mention dependence on oil to produce plastics, and it seems like an issue worthy of sticking your head in the stand.
While well-meaning social campaigns have attempted to change consumer behavior by promoting the abstinence of single-use plastics, they appear to have little or no impact on sustainable change.
Until we find a better way, there is another option to minimize the long-term environmental impact from our dependency on the convenience of plastics. Organic additives that enhance the biodegradation of plastics have been around for some time now and are proven to be effective in significantly enhancing the biodegradation of virtually all plastics in a wide variety of applications. Learn more at www.ecologic-llc.com