Swiss Litter Report
Wie viel Plastik liegt an den Ufern von Schweizer Seen und Flüssen?
Der Swiss Litter Report ist die erste schweizweite Erhebung der Belastung von Plastik und anderen Abfällen an den Ufern von Flüssen und Seen. Von uns ausgebildete Freiwillige werden ein Jahr lang monatlich an mindestens 50 Standorten in der ganzen Schweiz Plastik und andere Abfälle sammeln und verschiedenen Abfallkategorien zuordnen. Die Daten werden mithilfe einer europaweit verwendeten Smartphone Applikation erhoben und in einer zentralen Datenbank gespeichert.
Mit den gesammelten Daten haben wir die eindeutige Gewissheit, wie es um unsere Gewässer steht. Wir schaffen damit ein Instrument, das uns erlaubt Massnahmen von Politikern und Bürgern zu fordern, um die Plastikverschmutzung endlich einzudämmen und idealerweise ganz zu verhindern.
How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas
City officials hope to divert organic refuse from landfills. Where will it all go?
New Yorkers already have blue and green bins for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. But now brown bins for organic waste are starting to appear all over the city. These plastic totems are part of the city’s multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on landfills, and to turn food scraps and yard waste into compost and, soon, clean energy.
In the 19th century, the city had a simple method for dealing with organic rubbish: It enlisted scavenging swine to nose through the gutters for leftovers. Now, the city is employing the primal chemistry of decay.
About 14 million tons of waste are thrown out each year. It costs the city almost $400 million annually just to ship what it collects from homes, schools and government buildings (by rail, barge or truck) to incinerators or landfills as far away as South Carolina. (In addition, dozens of private companies put trucks on the road to take away refuse from office buildings and businesses.)
The largest single portion of the trash heap is organics, or things that were once living. That apple core, that untouched macaroni salad, that slice of pizza and the greasy paper plate it was served on are heavy with moisture, which makes shipping expensive. As they decompose, they release methane, a greenhouse gas.
Fruit and veg come in their own natural wrapping. Why do we smother them in plastic?
When I arrive home from a big shop, or receive a delivery, I spend 10 minutes unwrapping packaging and putting it in the bin, renaturing my fresh fruit and vegetables before I’m able to cook them.
Plastic is choking our oceans, polluting our waterways and even contaminating our food, but it still dominates our shelves. More than 300m tonnes of it is produced each year, according to (pdf) trade association Plastics Europe. In the UK, just a third of plastic packaging used for consumer products gets recycled.
Fruit and vegetables are washable and often come in their own – compostable – wrapping designed by nature. Yet we choose to display them in plastic trays, themselves cling-wrapped in another layer of plastic.
Full article here : https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jun/28/fruit-vegetables-plastic-packaging-food-relationship-pollution
Let’s Bag Plastic Bags
All it had taken was a moment’s distraction. In a well-practiced sleight of hand, the cashier had double-bagged in plastic a dozen eggs, which were already encased in two protective layers of plastic. I briefly contemplated appealing for the liberation of my groceries but chose the path of least resistance. The deed was done, and the purveyors of plastic had been victorious on this occasion.
It was not always thus. In the late 1970s, single-use plastic bags were seldom available in grocery stores. Since then they have become an omnipresent part of the exchange of merchandise for money, a “free” offering to consecrate the ritual. An estimated one trillion bags are used each year globally, but they are so seamlessly ingrained into our daily routines that we hardly notice. It is difficult to imagine life without them.
Read more : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/opinion/sunday/plastic-bags-pollution-oceans.html
In the past few years, scientists have found microplastics in our soil, tap water, bottled water, beer and even in the air we breathe. And there’s growing concern about the potential health risks they pose to humans.
Read more : https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/22/health/microplastics-land-and-air-pollution-intl/index.html