STOP USING PLASTIC - BOTTLES, BAGS, CUTLERY, STRAWS

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While many of us are educated and aware of the dangers of plastics, particularly BPA plastic, we continue to overlook the larger picture which is the environmental impacts of our choices.   According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Americans alone discard 30 MILLION tons of plastics per year; ONLY 8 PERCENT OF IT GETS RECYCLED.  The rest becomes landfill or litter.   According to Grownyc.org,  New York City residents currently recycle only about 17% of their total waste--HALF of what they could be recycling under the current program.  And 7.5% of that waste streams consists of plastic films such as plastic bags.  Plastic continues to be the largest source of ocean litter.  IT NEVER BIODEGRADES and as a result whatever plastic ends up in the landfill spoils our groundwater, pollutes our food chain killing 100,000 mammals each year and 1 million seabirds each year.  Sadly, ONLY 1% OF PLASTIC BAGS ARE RECYCLED WORLDWIDE.  According to worldwatch.org straws and stirrers are amongst the top 10 marine plastic debris found in coastal cleanups.  Some researchers estimate that some 90 percent of individual seabirds, many whales and dolphins, and some sea turtles have ingested plastics, including plastic straws.  Most straws are made of a polypropylene plastic which is a derivative of petroleum.  Straws are very hard to pick out of recycling because of how small they are and rarely recovered.  More plastic= More oil & gas= more electricity= more pollution.  

    Bearing in mind all the facts stated above, I find it odd and unfortunate that  Juice Bars/Health Food shops in NYC and throughout the US including but not limited to: Juice Press, Organic Avenue, The Squeeze, Juice Generation, Blossom Du Juor, Pressed Juicery, The Juice Shop, Liquiteria, The Butcher's Daughter, See By Chloe, and Agavi Juice Bar continue to package and serve their juice and food in non biodegrable plastic bottles & containers, use disposable cutlery and plastic straws, and plastic bags.  BPA free packaging or not, the ramifications on our environment and ecosystem as a result of our disposable, fast paced society far outweigh the benefits long term.  Which is why I'm urging my friends, family, fellow new yorkers, PETA activists, and anyone else environmentally conscious to sign my petition to see that the companies I listed above change the following practices (see below) if they haven't already done so and inspire other companies small and large to do the same.   Together, WE can make a difference.  

1.  STOP packaging and serving ALL juices, food, and smoothies in disposable, plastic bottles and containers.   

2.  STOP purchasing and distributing non biodegradable disposable cutlery including straws, forks, knives, spoons, containers.

3.  STOP packaging goods in non biodegrable, environmentally destructive plastic bags.

4.  ONLY use and serve napkins from 100% recycled paper.

My proposal to replace all the above practices:

1.  Package all premade juices and smoothies only in shatter proof GLASS bottles. Offer a reward system such as a free juice/smoothie for every 5 returned and recycled glass bottles to encourage bottle returns.  If the customer brings their own reusable bottle/straw for juices/smoothies then offer them a 5 or 10 cents off their purchase.

2.  Provide only biodegrable & compostable cutlery and straws such as those made from bamboo, wheat straw, sugarcane, or palm leaves from areca palm trees.  

3.  Encourage customers to bring their own bag as much as a possible.  Discount their purchase for every bag by 5 cents. Otherwise package juices and food for a small bag fee in sustainable Jute, cotton, or other eco friendly bag from sustainable materials.

4.  If cotton or reusable napkins aren't possible then use 100% recycled paper. 

 

 

References: 

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/plastic-straws-a-life-cycle/

https://www.reusethisbag.com/reusable-bag-infographics/the-truth-about-plastic.php  

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org

https://www.grownyc.org/whats-your-waste

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfcRW7sIrPI  Documentary on Plastic Pollution

 



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