Using Promotional Mugs To Differentiate Your Brand

Using Promotional Mugs To Differentiate Your Brand

Promotional Mugs are just one of the many promotional gifts available whose impact has been dramatically improved by technology and recent trends. Promotional mugs have always been a firm favourite within the marketing manager’s corporate gifts arsenal because they are popular, useful and offer great desktop advertising opportunities.

During the last decade their importance has grown, driven by trends on the high street and an explosion of coffee outlets. Whilst many people grab a coffee on the way to work, this becomes just one of several that they will consume during the day. Many coffee suppliers in response to competition from high street coffee outlets have innovated and provide coffee granules, powders and mixes that can be made up within a company canteen including expresso, cappucino and lattes. In addition vendors have improved their vending machines to offer similar alternatives to jarred coffee.

So whilst we have become more a nation of coffee drinkers and coffee has become more widely available – what do we drink it from? Now on the move most people are offered a standard plastic cup but for people on the road this is simply inconvenient and impersonal. So travel mugs are the preferred choice for road warriers on the go because of their convenience. Travel mugs also provide great personalisation and branding opportunities and with their plastic or aluminium bodies, they can take a suitable screen print. Within companies off course, paper and plastic cups are offered but many people prefer to stick to a ceramic mug and again such promotional mugs offer great branding and advertising opportunities.

Now in terms of printing, techniques that were costly and the remit for large quantity production runs are now available for much smaller volumes. This has allowed the development of Photo Mugs which can featuring a full or half-wrap of a photo image printed in full CMYK (four colour print). In addition, specialist prints can be applied such as on WOW Mugs which respond to heat and only reveal their imprint when filled with a warm or hot liquid, such as coffee or tea.

Where trends and technologies combine further is with the range of physical styles of promotional coffee and tea mugs now available. The great British mug is still available but more often than not we are also being asked to supply small and large Lattes and giant coffee cups and saucers. Any of these promotional mugs offer great advertising opportunities and the chance for your logo, corporate contact details and marketing message to be seen up to fifteen times a week or more.

So if you are considering using coffee mugs and tea cups for a marketing promotion, turn to a professional promotional coffee mugs supplier like Redbows. From our Promotional Gifts Supply we supply a large range of promotional mugs. If you cannot find the mugs you want let our Promotional Gifts Consultants to source them for you.

Dawn Koffler is the MD of Redbows Ltd – one of the UK’s leading promotional gift and mugs suppliers. Redbows started in 2005 and has experienced tremendous growth in its internet related activities. As well as running her own business Dawn is a working mum, house renovator, taxi driver, life-coach to 3 wonderful kids and somewhat eccentric husband, and dog trainer. Dawn also writes the Promotional Gifts Blog and provides marketing consultancy and services to an ever growing client base. Dawn is also on Twitter /redbows.

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Plastic versus Paper

Plastic versus Paper

In modern environmental thinking, plastic is often touted as greater evil than paper. Their deterioration periods are always mentioned to emphasize the destructive effects they have on nature and its inhabitants, mainly on us humans:

 

Comparison of deterioration periods:

orange peels – 6 mos

paper – 2 to 5 mos

plastic-coated milk carton – 5 yrs

plastic bag – 20 yrs

aluminum tin cans – 50  to 100 yrs

batteries – 100 yrs

glass bottles – 1,000,000 yrs

plastic soda bottles –   forever

 

 

Attention is also brought to the obvious shortcomings of plastic, of which 40% of all that are manufactured is used for packaging:

produces chlorofluorocarbon (CFC = ozone destroyer)

produces chemical waste

takes landfill space

is non-biodegradable

kills marine life

clogs sewer pipes, leading to stagnant, standing water and associated health hazards.

 

It is estimated that somewhere between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are consumed throughout the world each year.

 

 

On the other hand, paper manufacture is not without its disadvantages.

 

Compared to plastic bag production, paper bag production creates

2 times more sulfur dioxide

3 times more carbon monoxide

6 times more dust

50 times more waste

 

To cite a specific example, production of plastic cups is more efficient and cleaner than the production of paper cups.

On per ton basis:     650,000   pcs  plastic cups

uses   5,000   kgs.  steam

uses   1,800   kwh  electricity

On the other hand:  100,000   pcs. paper cups

uses 10,000   kgs.  steam

uses   6,400   kwh  electricity

 

Comparison of the energy needed to produce an original bag

plastic bag: 594 BTUs   vs.   paper bag: 2511 BTU’s

 

Comparison of the energy needed to recycle a bag once

plastic bag: 17 BTUs     vs.   paper bag  1444 BTU’s

 

Likewise, it would take approximately seven trucks to transport the same number of paper bags as can be transported by a single truck full of plastic bags, because these are so thin and lightweight.

 

As a final argument, when disposed off after use, plastics generate 14 to 28 percent of the volume of trash in general, but because much of it can be compressed, only 9 to 12 percent of the volume of waste in landfills, or around 5 percent by weight.  Paper comprises 12 percent by weight of garbage dumps, and also decomposes very little in airless landfills, just the way plastics are non-biodegradable. Modern landfills are designed in such a way that nothing biodegrades, because the waste is isolated from air and water in order to prevent groundwater contamination and air pollution.

 

Some countries have already resorted to extreme measures in efforts to contravene the plastics onslaught. Bangladesh banned plastic bags after drains blocked by bags contributed to widespread monsoon flooding. Ireland decreased plastic bag consumption by placing a consumer tax on plastic bags. Perhaps the most strict plastic bag regulation was implemented in the Indian province of Himachal Pradesh, where people caught with plastic bags are fined 00.

 

In the end, most everyone can help reduce the amount of both materials, plastic and paper, by:

investing in high-quality reusable bags to eliminate the equivalent average of 1,000 bags

reusing bags that are in the house for a myriad of other purposes or intention

keeping them always ready for use in the car, office, home, or person

not asking for them when it is really not so necessary

 

 

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Plastic lasts foerver. It never biodegrades. Yet we use it to make disposable objects that we discard after a short period of time, sometimes just minutes, or a few hours. Take action. Bring your own bags and cups. Avoid plastic bottles. Demand laws banning or taxing plastic bags and other disposables. Time to act is now!
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Ban Plastic From The Kitchen

Ban Plastic From The Kitchen

The modern kitchen is full of plastic. What would we do without plastic containers, plastic cling wrap, plastic utensils for our parties, plastic dishes, plastic cups, plastic spatulas, and more?

The problem with all this plastic is that it is made with chemicals. Chemicals that can leach into our beverages and our food. Chemicals that end up in our bodies, where it accumulates and causes health problems. Chemicals that end up in our unborn children.

Some of the suspected health hazards include reproductive defects, premature delivery (which are up 23% since 1980), lowered sperm counts (these are down 40% since 1945), and early onset puberty. As part of a program to bring her health back to where it should be, one woman who was interviewed for this article said that she was told by her Naturopath to get rid of plastic containers.

Two of the most common “bad boys” of the plastic industry are PVC (polyvinyl chloride – a hard plastic) and phthalates, a group of substances added to PVC to make it softer and more pliable. In fact, phthalates are among the most common contaminants found in the human body. Another common chemical found in the kitchen is bisphenol-A, which is the main ingredient in hard plastic used in baby bottles, drinking water bottles, and plastic storage containers. Bisphenol-A is in the list of the top 50 chemicals, measured by production volume.

Here are some steps that you can take to decrease your family’s exposure to these chemicals.

- never heat foods or beverages in plastic containers; it is so easy to put a “microwaveable” plastic container into the microwave; don’t do it

- avoid plastic cling wrap products; most have phthalates in them

- avoid containers with PVC in them; if there is a “3” in the recycling triangle, get rid of it

- use glass or stainless steel drinking containers

- use ceramic or enamel plates

- use metal feeding utensils and metal kitchen tools

- do not store food or beverages in plastic containers, especially if the food item is acidic

- if you must use plastic, do not wash it in a dishwasher or use harsh detergents on it

It is interesting to note that in 2005 the European Union banned some commonly used chemicals of the phthalate family from use in toys. One commissioner was quoted as saying, “Toxic chemicals have no place in children’s toys”. Yet we continue to allow them in our food and beverage containers.

In North America, San Francisco instituted a ban in December 2006, although implementation has been delayed by a law suit. The ban covers biphenol-A and certain phthalates. This is commendable, but society needs more than city wide bans.

While we wait for our governments to realize the dangers, consider a personal ban. Can you make your kitchen plastic free?

Richard Killey operates a website on general health and nutrition matters at Nutrition Lessons dot com.

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Get Plastics Out of the Kitchen

Get Plastics Out of the Kitchen

All our kitchens are full of plastics. From plastic utensils, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic containers, plastic wrap and more, they have become an indispensible part of our life. Even our appliances have many plastic parts.

Every bit of these plastics are made with chemicals, and these chemicals are leaching out into our food and into our drinks. These chemicals are winding up in our bodies where they accumulated and are implicated in many of our modern health problems. These chemicals are also being detected in our unborn children.

Two of the worst offenders as far as chemicals found in plastics are PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The PVC pipes that carry your water are an example of this hard type plastic. Phthalates are chemicals that are added to the PVC to make it soft and pliable. These phthalates are the most common toxic substance found in the body.

Also commonly found lurking in our kitchens is a chemical called bisphenol-A, which is found in hard plastics such as baby bottles, drinking water bottles, and our ever popular storage containers. bisphenol-A or BPA is one of the top 50 chemicals produced today. It is found everywhere!

Here are some tips on how to reduce your exposure to the toxic chemicals found in plastics.
1. Foods should never be heated in plastic container. Even though they are labeled “microwave safe”.

2. Eliminate of severely reduce the amount of plastic wrap that you use. Most of these products contain phthalates.

3. Any container that has the “3” in the recycling triangle on the bottom should be eliminated from your kitchen.

4. Switch to glass or stainless steel drinking containers instead of plastic.

5. Avoid the use of paper plates, plastic silverware and plastic cups.

6. Avoid plastic cooking utensils. Use metal instead. You shouldn’t be using Teflon coated cookware, so the scratching issue is non arguable!

7. Use glass containers to store food, especially acidic foods.

8. Never wash plastics in a dishwasher or use harsh detergents on the plastic. Hand wash only.

In 3005, the European Union put a ban on using chemicals such as phthalates and others, in children’s toys. One of the commissioners of this Union, was quoted as saying “Toxic chemicals have no place in children’s toys”. So why in the world do we still allow these toxic plastics in our kitchens, food containers and drink containers?

In the United States, the City of San Francisco is attempting to ban bisphenol-A and some phthalates. A lawsuit is delaying the implementation of this ban. Even if this ban is put into law, more than city-wide bans are needed. It must be a global issue.

On the other hand, why do we need to wait until our governments wade through the red tape to get these toxic chemicals out of our lives? We can take measures ourselves to make our kitchens and homes plastic free.

It will only take a little effort on our part and a little thought to have a healthier, safer home.

Beverly Saltonstall is an Internet writer and lecturer who cares deeply about the environment.  Get a free pollution report at http://pollutionwebsite.com/freereport

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Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Does your environmentally-friendly conscience prevent you from enjoying your trip? If you’re worried about all the wasted energy and CO2 pollution taking place during travel, think again. Although we are a long way off from planes being powered solely by solar or wind energy, there are still ways to offset the negative effects of flying. The good news is that you can help make your trips as “unpolluted” as possible, from beginning to end, by following a few simple steps:

Try booking direct flights. They may be a bit more expensive but a giant energy saver since the most amount of fuel is utilized during takeoff and landing. Think of all the extra time you’ll be saving as well by avoiding layovers.

Chose airlines which make significant efforts towards green travel whether by utilizing newer, energy-saving airplanes or working towards cutting flight times.

Do your best to always pack light and remember to put the travel size toiletries into reusable containers instead of packages. When you have too many bags not only do you waste more time checking in during departure and at baggage claim upon arrival, but the extra weight on the plane engages the engines that much more, thereby causing it to utilize more fuel. Our goal is exactly the opposite.

Consider taking public transportation to and from the airport instead of your own car or taxi. A bus is like carpooling. It saves cash, pre-trip aggravation, and most importantly energy. It also gives you the opportunity to pass on your green-travel ideas.

Water is always a must so precisely for this reason plan to invest in a water bottle. It will come in handy during air travel. Ask the flight attendant to refill your bottle en-route instead of using plastic cups.

Forming a bond with your destinations and becoming loyal to them will ensure their future. Make plans to revisit your favorite places. Your support will help keep them just as they are.

At the end of each trip, think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Become a member of a tree-planting project, start investing in wind energy, purchase a carbon calculator, sponsor green activities and donate to eco-friendly causes. Impart useful information to your fellow tourists. There’s plenty of time before, during, and after your trip to discuss ways in which you’ve contributed to saving the environment. Set an example for others and this too will be a part of your carbon offset.

Caring about the environment does not have to impede your travel plans in any way. Now that your conscience is clear go ahead and book your next getaway. Plan ahead and make the right decisions before and during your trip and aim to reduce your carbon footprint afterwards. So relax, visit your favorite place, and spread your positive, eco-friendly influence all over.

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Best Quality Plastic Products

Best Quality Plastic Products

Plastic containers are very versatile. They are used by Filipinos for all kinds of storage. Food storage is but one of the things which concern most Filipinos. This concern is attended to by the many varieties of plastic food containers which come in all sizes and shape to cater to the different types of food and quantity of food one would like to store. It is then safe to assume that Filipinos and plastic containers are inseparable as a Pinoy\’s life can not be seen without the use of plastic—in any form.

There are many uses for plastic molds. The most popular of which are used in the food industry. Despite its popularity to the food and food service industry, plastic molds can also be used in industries such as arts and craft, and even for the medical field. The importance of plastic molds in the food service industry is unmatched because of its versatility, as well as its economical and convenient use.

Plastic model making is not limited to individual scale models, as dioramas or landscaped scenes made to recreate a specific time and place are also very popular among hobbyists. Plastic model dioramas are built around an individual scale model. The practice before is to drink from plastic containers using a plastic straw. Nowadays, with the emerging popularity of plastic cup use, more and more Filipino vendors turn to plastic cups as containers for their drinks. Perhaps this can be contributed to the Filipino fast food restaurant culture.

Some of the popular plastic manufacturers in the Philippines are Orocan© and Tupperware©. Both of these two are known for their plastic products which dominate the food and service as well as the household industry. Because of the Pinoy\’s extensive use of plastic products, there are even smaller plastic manufacturers which produce cheaper plastic goods.

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Environmental experts: "poison plastic," the damage worse than waste oil – toxic plastic, recycled – plastics industry

Environmental experts: "poison plastic," the damage worse than waste oil – toxic plastic, recycled – plastics industry

HC plastic mesh News: In the breakfast own it can often be steaming hot fried fritters, soybean curd, steamed buns, and were put in plastic bag and handed it the hands of customers; in some small restaurants, soup is often peremptorily children poured into a plastic bag packaging away … … “These plastic bags, raw materials are likely to be” toxic “plastic granules.” In response, the State Environmental protection Product Quality Supervision and Inspection Center Distinguished experts in the Golden Lion said Dong.

Experts say “At present many areas of waste plastics recycling industry are in a regulatory gap, and many processed plastic granules of the enterprise itself is not illegal, and then expect to be legitimate applications of these materials is clearly unrealistic. Currently on the market of plastic particles are widely applied, many of which be processed into a common ultra-thin plastic bags. There are also producing plastic lunch boxes, disposable plastic cups, Toy , Basins and other plastic products, illegal enterprise, the raw materials used are “toxic” plastic particles. ”

Thin plastic garbage bags over transfiguration

Previously, directors had the Golden Lion “poison” the application of plastic particles had in-depth investigation, has been to Yingkou and other places unannounced visits, found that ultra-thin plastic bags, raw materials shall be processed out of a number of small workshops dark gray plastic granules, Adds after the mother into the different colors, will Zaochu blue, white, black, red and other one-time plastic bags of different colors, “the market is used in such bags.”

‘s Survey found that some large-scale supermarkets, shopping malls and shopping centers can implement the basic provisions of the national limit plastic bag, paid to provide customers with environmentally friendly plastic bags, but in some integrated bazaars and street shops scattered stalls, plastic limit order is ineffective, the market is full of a variety of ultra-thin plastic bags to the customer free of charge. “At the beginning of the plastic bag market Guande Yan, and now few people are managing.” A selling point for businesses face told reporters that her bags wholesale from other markets, “we are a small business , bags are too expensive, only two or three cents a thin plastic bag. “interviews some of the business, also said the reason they provide plastic bags to customers free of charge, is forced. Who sells seafood business, said, “We are not willing to provide free plastic bags, but the customer is not willing to spend money on bags, we can not let customers use the right hand!”

Reporter visited the Dalian train station is located near a number of wholesale department and firms, found that almost every sale of cheap plastic products, plastic basin, lunch boxes, bottles, cups, rice bowls and other plastic products, work on rough, no marks, some plastic bottle is very thin, hand-pinch on the deformation, and these plastics have an acrid smell of children.

A shopkeeper quietly told reporters: “cheap, almost all of plastic products Renewable materials , Those who had been discarded plastic waste into recycled materials processed on these plastic products inappropriate for home use, will be deformation encountered in hot water, a sun there an odor, a lot of businesses engaged in marketing are often used as gifts. “The owner said,” processing plastic products and recycled materials with the original materials as much as several thousand dollars per ton of difference, so to buy more cheap plastic products factory plastic particles. ”

Experts say “According to state regulations, waste plastics can be recycled, but technically demanding. Prior to that, I have done investigation and analysis of the market for Food Packaging, plastic products, some of which existed in the source of the problem of raw materials, some do not meet the requirements of food packaging waste, recycled materials. ”

Recycled plastic Can not be used for food packaging

Dong Lion said that the recycled plastic product application, the state has clearly defined, can not directly be used to make contact with food items, can only do garbage bags, a chair for a class of products, all Waste plastic Food packaging materials do not. Because the plastic used for food packaging has stringent standards, must be non-toxic, generally Polyethylene , Polypropylene, and melamine and other raw materials, these materials are not required to join in the processing of chemical additives, relatively stable single component, so even if used for holding hot food or water will not cause harmful reactions. Good raw material from a special plastic petrochemical plant, meet the health requirements.

Even so, even under the food-grade and industrial grade to select a different raw materials, industrial raw materials can not be used in the production of food grade products. As for those dirty waste plastic products, some also see plastic melting of impurities, but can not be used to make food-grade plastic products. But in the actual manipulation, some producers and dealers of plastic raw materials known to be spam, but overseas sales, without any identification instructions.

Not only concern the production of raw materials, some of the factory production environment is very health. “At present, plastic packaging for food market access in practice QS certification, those dark dens dirty production environment simply can not meet the sanitary requirements of food packaging, but some vendors only from a profit perspective, set the expense of social responsibility, mass production of consumer products harmful to health. “Dong Lion said,” to create a situation, the relevant functional departments and inadequate supervision of investigation and punishment. ”

Experts say

“Waste plastic composition contains a large number of spoilage bacteria and other harmful chemicals. Some people think that these plastics in the production process after a high temperature melting, high temperature sterilization effect there, but in fact it is our understanding misunderstanding. ”

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Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. Their major focus is the slow decomposition of garbage in landfills and its devastating affects on the environment. That is why they sell 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly products to speed up the breakdown of trash and to reduce our negative effects on the earth. .

‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘Environmentally friendly’ means that SunTerra products pose no harmful effects on the environment or its inhabitants. This includes the methods being used to produce merchandise. Unlike petroleum-based (traditional) plastics, biodegradable plastic does not produce greenhouse gases as it is formed because it is made from plant fibers. Since the aim to have as little affect on the earth as possible, SunTerra ensures that all products are made in a way that avoids clear-cutting forests, wasting water, using insecticides, burning fossil fuels, etc. They support the use of eco friendly products and encourage others to pave the way for a brighter, cleaner future. .

Did you know that a plastic beverage bottle takes roughly 450 years to decompose? Take a look at the numbers found by the U.S. National Park Service: .
Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment:

Glass Bottle —————————1 million years

Monofilament Fishing Lines——–600 years

Plastic Beverage Bottle————–450 years

Disposable Diaper——————–450 years

Aluminum Can———————–80-200 years

Foamed Plastic Buoy—————-80 years

Foamed Plastic Cups—————-50 years

Rubber-Boot Sole——————–50-80 years

Tin Cans——————————-50 years

Leather———————————50 years

Nylon Fabric————————–30-40 years

Plastic Film Container—————20-30 years

Plastic Bag—————————-10-20 years

Cigarette Butt————————-1-5 years

Wool Sock—————————-1-5 years

Plywood——————————-1-3 years

Waxed Milk Carton——————3 months

Apple Core—————————-2 months

Newspaper—————————–6 weeks

Orange or Banana Peel—————2-5 weeks

Paper Towel—————————2-4 weeks

Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL. .

Humans are producing more garbage than the earth can handle. Waste has gotten harder, and harder to decompose since the Industrial Revolution. Thanks to modern science, a new type of plant-based plastic has been formulated that quickly and completely decomposes. Biodegradable plastics are the solution for environmentally-conscience homes and businesses to reduce landfill waste, and reduce green house gas emissions. In the right conditions, they decompose like fruits and vegetables because they are derived from raw renewable materials. With the same reliability, look, and feel as traditional plastics, corn fiber products can decompose in less than 2 months in the right conditions. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups.

Composting is a vital part of maintaining our environment’s balance. Now that scientists have formulated biodegradable materials, almost anything can be made from it such as biodegradable: trash bags, cups, cutlery, deli containers, packaging and more. Starch and limestone have also become popular replacements for traditional paper plate products and soup bowls. These products look and feel just like old non-biodegradable products, but reduce your negative impact on the earth. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups. Check out SunTerra’s full supply of environmentally friendly products and go GREEN now!

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The Plastic Continent (And What You Can Do About It)

The Plastic Continent (And What You Can Do About It)

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Sometimes called the “Plastic Continent” and sometimes called the “Pacific Garbage Patch”, it amounts to the same thing – an island of floating garbage, most of which is plastic, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there’s a reason that some environmentalists are referring to it as a “Continent” — this island is twice the size of Texas. How big does that make the garbage patch? More than half a million square miles.

A few facts about the Plastic Continent:

The size of the Plastic Continent has doubled in the past five years

Fish, birds, and other marine life are found to have plastic in their stomachs

In the waters surrounding the Plastic Continent, plastic bits outnumber plankton six to one

What Can Be Done About the Plastic Continent?

As Good Morning America put it when they reported on this topic, “there’s no one silver bullet”. Recycling alone will not stop the Plastic Continent’s growth, because only 5% of plastics are recycled globally. Furthermore, plastic is not easy to recycle because of its melting point, which is much lower than other recyclables such as aluminum and glass. The low melting point interferes with the recycling process, leading much of the plastic tagged for recycling to be discarded.

And anyway, what happens to recycled plastics? What is it recycled into? Why, once again, it is recycled into items such as drink bottles, straws, plastic cups, and so forth – items that will inevitably be thrown away at a rate of 95% to every 5% recycled.

A clean-up of the continent presents its own problem: what to do with all the recovered plastic? Some of it can be recycled; some of it cannot be. That means it will end up elsewhere, such as in a landfill. Scientists have yet to agree upon the best way to eliminate the Plastic Continent.

Please Use Less Plastic

We were trained by eager 1950s and 1960s advocates of “progress” to lead a throwaway life. In 1955, Life Magazine announced that this new “Throwaway Living” would liberate housewives and lead to a better world. We were so well trained in those decades that today we find the habit of using plastic hard to break. But we can each do our part to reduce the amount of plastic being used. Here are a few suggestion:

Stop buying drinks in plastic bottles. There is mounting evidence that plastic bottles may be unsafe anyway, and the environmental toll is horrendous. Kick the plastic bottle habit, and drink your water the old fashioned way – from the tap or the Brita.

Get reusable grocery bags, and remember to bring them when you shop.

Don’t use plastic food containers. You can turn old spaghetti sauce glass jars into excellent food storage containers which are both safer and better for the environment.

Don’t use plastic sandwich bags, but if you do, wash them out and reuse them.

It won’t be easy to kick the plastic habit.  But we have to do it, or soon we will have no ocean left.

Sometimes called the “Plastic Continent” and sometimes called the “Pacific Garbage Patch”, it amounts to the same thing – an island of floating garbage, most of which is plastic, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there’s a reason that some environmentalists are referring to it as a “Continent” — this island is twice the size of Texas. How big does that make the garbage patch? More than half a million square miles. A few facts about the Plastic Continent: The size of the Plastic Continent has doubled in the past five years Fish, birds, and other marine life are found to have plastic in their stomachs In the waters surrounding the Plastic Continent, plastic bits outnumber plankton six to one What Can Be Done About the Plastic Continent? As Good Morning America put it when they reported on this topic, “there’s no one silver bullet”. Recycling alone will not stop the Plastic Continent’s growth, because only 5% of plastics are recycled globally. Furthermore, plastic is not easy to recycle because of its melting point, which is much lower than other recyclables such as aluminum and glass. The low melting point interferes with the recycling process, leading much of the plastic tagged for recycling to be discarded. And anyway, what happens to recycled plastics? What is it recycled into? Why, once again, it is recycled into items such as drink bottles, straws, plastic cups, and so forth – items that will inevitably be thrown away at a rate of 95% to every 5% recycled. A clean-up of the continent presents its own problem: what to do with all the recovered plastic? Some of it can be recycled; some of it cannot be. That means it will end up elsewhere, such as in a landfill. Scientists have yet to agree upon the best way to eliminate the Plastic Continent. Please Use Less Plastic We were trained by eager 1950s and 1960s advocates of “progress” to lead a throwaway life. In 1955, Life Magazine announced that this new “Throwaway Living” would liberate housewives and lead to a better world. We were so well trained in those decades that today we find the habit of using plastic hard to break. But we can each do our part to reduce the amount of plastic being used. Here are a few suggestion: Stop buying drinks in plastic bottles. There is mounting evidence that plastic bottles may be unsafe anyway, and the environmental toll is horrendous. Kick the plastic bottle habit, and drink your water the old fashioned way – from the tap or the Brita. Get reusable grocery bags, and remember to bring them when you shop. Don’t use plastic food containers. You can turn old spaghetti sauce glass jars into excellent food storage containers which are both safer and better for the environment. Don’t use plastic sandwich bags, but if you do, wash them out and reuse them.

KN Singer blogs about green living and better health at The Live Better Site. To read an extended version of this article about the plastic continent, follow the link.

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