The biggest problem in the US is how to recycle plastic. 40 years of sorting, weeding out and sorting some more is how plastic has been recycled at the recycling facility but is it working? All that effort is only yielding a minuscule 9% recycling rate vs 30% in Europe. Innovation is necessary for us to keep up with the plastic waste flooding our oceans and our landfills. One innovative way is currently being road-tested, literally in this case. On the University of California San Diego’s campus recycled plastic is mixed into asphalt to make cheaper longer lasting roads. The downside of plastic is that it lasts for so long. A bottle can last for up to 500 years. Hopefully, the roads made of plastic will last a very long time also. Only time will tell. There are even plastic eating bacteria that are being researched and formulated. As they say, the bigger the problem the greater the solution.
Experts are saying that the way we recycle plastic is part of the problem. In the 70 years plastic has been around we have created 9 billion tons of it, most of which still exists. Even recycled materials cannot be recycled forever. Only certain sizes and quality of plastic can be reused. Most of the plastic is not recyclable. That pertains to most plastic bags and single-use plastics like straws and utensils, which are so small that they mostly fall through the machinery.
In efforts to be part of the solution, Seattle WA became the first major city to ban all plastic straws and plastic utensils in July 2018. A straw that used today can end up in the Pacific Ocean and last for many generations or return to your plate as microplastics embedded in some fish. In Seattle, before they were able to enforce the single-use plastic ban, they had to get the local businesses on board. For most businesses, it hasn’t been a hard sell. Although costs have gone up, many business owners are proud of becoming more environmentally friendly and some have taken it a step further to become 100% compostable. Many are switching to all compostable plastics from plates to cups to garbage bags. Businesses are starting to embrace it with a sense of pride that they put their money where their mouth is by protecting the environment. Taking a stand for the environment creates a hidden opportunity for any business to win the loyalty of their customers.
Seattle’s efforts to cut back on plastic extend beyond restaurants. They now require that all vendors at football stadium use only compostable materials. Even compost made in Seattle for organic farming is screened for bits of plastic to ensure the purest quality soil. Seattle is leading the country in its environmental standards and more and more cities are following suit. I believe it will happen very soon. More and more people are expressing their concerns and asking for changes to be made starting with their favorite restaurants and grocery stores. Compostable solutions are out there. They may not be cheaper, but they are worth it. Being green can be more profitable because more people appreciate that now than ever.
Studies have shown that if current production rates continue, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans in our lifetime. 40% of our plastic pollution is from single-use items like grocery bags, cups, and straws. It is time to stop all single-use plastic consumption or we will literally choke on plastic. In order for changes to be made, it is going to take governments, companies, and individuals working together. Everyone can make a difference. Every choice matters. Let your voice be heard by your local businesses and be a catalyst for positive change.
To alleviate the damage done to the environment, I am cutting back on plastic especially the single-use items and reusing as much as possible. Since I’ve been drinking Kangen Water, it helps me to feel good about not buying plastic bottles anymore. Now I want to take it a step further and influence a stream of positive change all around me by creating more awareness and inspiring others. I put my money where my mouth is and I stopped selling all plastic bottles for Kangen Water consumers. Now I encourage everyone to get their bottles from source preferably the glass. Kangen Water is best stored in glass containers. Dark glass especially protects Kangen Water from the UV light a lot more and keeps it fresh for a longer period of time. If you are a Kangen Water connoisseur, please look for a local shop that sells glass containers. You can also visit www.berlinpackaging.com. They have a good selection in glass bottles. Feel free to get the labels Here and place them on your bottles for an added marketing and promotional value to express your passion for Kangen Water. Congratulations to all of you who are saving the environment by switching to Kangen Water. If you not yet made the switch, I will be happy to help you.