Alternatives to Plastic

So plastic is in the news and not long ago i was wondering about PVC - i have read reports about how bad it is at every stage of its production and life as a product and now we are looking really at all plastics and the devastating effects of our non biodegradable waste. We know we lived without it not that long ago and that we can easily do without it - yet when your life is busy and mainstream shops offer little alternatives - what can you do ? YOU CAN POOL YOUR ALTERNATIVES TOGETHER - HERE.x

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by Michelle Spriddell
Southwell, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom,
Created on 25 Jan 2018

The intro covers this project - it is a space where we can share ideas and  recommendations of alternatives to the plastics we have in our everyday lives. Some of them may be harder to replace then we first think. Another part of this is to find out more about where it comes from and where it is really going... Is it recycled, where, to what end, why is there still so much going to landfill and out to sea? 

I invite anyone who has an interest from any perspective to join the project... write an article.... let's pool our knowledge and creativity to educate and maybe spark more action in choosing and supplying the alternatives... 




Thu, 01/25/2018
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Plastics - Turn the tide by turning off the tap


What if you could turn plastic trash into cash is the question that David Katz asked and answers in this Ted Talk.

This is a great way to begin my research into plastic alternatives - because it immediately made me see and think about the bigger picture.

David Katz is the Founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage -- which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse "social plastic" in their products.

"Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity's richest opportunity," Katz says.

Do watch this talk and share what you think about this concept. The reality is, the plastic is there in the oceans for a multitude of reasons which cannot be solved by a few recycling initiatives here in the UK. So much more needs to be done and this appears to be a fantastic way to encourage the big businesses to take notice and start being part of the solution whilst empowering communities and cleaning up the beaches at the same time on a global scale.

TED TALK - What if you could turn trash into cash?


Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. As part of the Plastics Project - we are looking for contributors particularly if you have knowledge about the science of plastic/recycling, experience with initiatives which work and any alternatives to everyday plastic items. Pop across to the project page and request to join in.