Plastic: Doing our bit

Plastic pollution is a big problem for the environment, mainly for our oceans, contributing to climate change and threatening wildlife conservation (Source: Greenpeace, 2019).

Packaging accounts for 42% of the plastic use, according to a recent study of Science Advance magazine. Plastic is widely used in packaging because it works well protecting food from pressure, humidity, light and bacteria helping its long journey transportation, also it is widely available and cheap. However, it is made from non- renewables resources and in most of the cases, after a single use, ends up in the landfills and the ocean (Source: National Geographic, 2019).

Scientists estimate that eight million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year, equivalent to a garbage truck full of plastic dumping plastic into the Oceans every minute. If we do not do anything about it, in less than 10 years it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish, according to the Ocean Conservatory. The consequences will be devastated not only for the environment and the ocean, but also for wildlife and humans (Source: The Independent, 2017).

Even though there is a more conscientious concerted effort to focus on recycling; it does not solve the problem. From 78 million metric tons of plastic packaging produced globally each year, only 14 percent is recycled.  Therefore, the demand of packaging alternatives is increasing and more brands and supermarkets are looking for a more environmentally friendly way of packaging their products (Source: BBC News, 2019).

Pacari Chocolate, being true to its principle of sustainability and respect for the environment is doing its bit to solve this problem. In this sense, we are replacing the chocolate bars plastic wraps, that will take 500 years to degrade, for a material made from vegetable cellulose that degrade in 180 days (Source: El Telegrafo, 2019).

The new packaging has been already implemented to our 50g chocolates bars and it will be implemented gradually to all the products.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Greenpeace UK. (2020). Plastic Pollution | Greenpeace UK. [online] Available at: https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/plastic-pollution/ .

Nationalgeographic.com. (2020). Eat your food, and the package too. [online] Available at: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/future-of-food/food-packaging-plastics-recycle-solutions/.

Pacari Chocolates UK. (2020). Single Region / Origin Plain Chocolate Bars. [online] Available at: https://home.pacarichocolates.uk/collections/single-origin-organic-chocolate-bars.

Spencer, E. (2020). Blog - Ocean Conservancy. [online] Ocean Conservancy. Available at: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/.

The Independent. (2020). This is how much plastic is in the ocean. [online] Available at: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/plastic-bad-environment-why-ocean-pollution-how-much-single-use-facts-recycling-a8309311.html

 

Author : Thanks to Johana Mora Solorzano

Photo source: Thanks to John Cameron on Unsplash


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