It has only been 70 years since we started using plastic for consumer and industrial goods. Today, the devastating effects of plastic waste is really starting to show up in our oceans.
According to an article written by Louisa Cassen titled ‘Plastic facts keep getting scarier’ a staggering “8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since the 1950s. That is enough to cover every inch of the UK ankle deep more than ten times over.” Of that total a “whopping 79% has ended up in landfills or the natural environment, including our oceans. Just 9% has been recycled.”
As plastic leaks into our oceans, marine life are getting caught up and are choking on the small and large bits of plastic that are entering the oceans food chain . All species in the food chains from zoo plankton up to larger fish and whales are affected – its even travelling back to us on our plates in the form of seafood. (read Toxins In The Food Chain )
A study by an oceanography group found that plastics have been found in 62% of all seabirds and 100% of all sea turtle species.
Even the pristine Arctic waters are not immune from plastic.
In an article that appeared in the Washington Post it was revealed “that drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are now flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of powerful system of currents that deposit waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia.
What is disturbing about this fact is that most of the plastic that we have deposited in the ocean is still now in transit to the Arctic – 70 years in the making.
Globally, the problem is set to get worse. About half of all plastics produced between 1950-2015 were made since 2002. If this kind of trajectory continues, 12 billion tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or the natural environment by 2050. That’s the weight of over 66 million blue whales.
That’s is why many organisations and groups are calling on major plastic producers like Coca-Cola, who sell over 100 billion single-use plastic bottles every year, to ditch throwaway packaging and embrace reusable alternatives that won’t put the health of our planet, and ourselves, at risk. Companies that are designing plastic packaging to be used just once need to take responsibility and reduce their plastic footprints.
Governments also need to introduce schemes that work to stop plastic flowing into our oceans and our environment. Deposit return schemes and other recycling polices should be introduced.
At Life Choice We Understand
At Life Choice we understand the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. That is why we use the PET packaging method for all of our products.
Recently, we had a customer voice concern over our packaging method. Those concerns were quickly laid to rest when Life Choice founder and CEO Eldon Dahl (DNM) explained to them the advantages of the PET packing system.
It should also be noted that Life Choice is a member of PETA and no animal testing is done on any of our products.
Life Choice® is a leader in the manufacturing and supply of top quality nutraceuticals. The company only manufacturers and supplies the highest quality natural products to markets in Canada, the United States and the European Union.
All Life Choice®nutraceuticals are clinically tested, government approved and licensed. Every product in the Life Choice® family is formulated under the direct supervision of Eldon Dahl, the company’s CEO and founder who possesses a doctorate in natural medicine.
All of the company’s products are professionally formulated to have therapeutic and medicinal value.
Ask your medical practitioner, naturopath physician, or health food store manger for products carrying the Life Choice label. Or better yet, please visit our website and check out our products.
Louisa Cassen “Plastic facts keep getting scarier” July 20, 2017
Mona Chalabi, “Ocean Debris and the Search for the Malaysian Airlines Plane” March 20, 2014
Washington Post, Chris Mooney, ‘The Pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic”