Phase out Plastic Pollution
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Plastic Pollution is a Problem of our time which we are passing on to People who come after us because Plastic is not biodegradable (does not break down to organic particles useful to plants in 3 weeks) so it is not like paper (which you can either wet or even burn without the environmental problems caused when Plastic gets into water (from creeks and rivers to the seas and oceans) or fire (to the atmosphere). In water Plastic Pollution is collectively killing living creatures in their millions (and keeps on doing so because it doesn't break down properly) while in the air we breathe Plastic Pollution adds to particulates that can cause respiratory problems for anyone who breathes them in.
Plastic should not ever be made for single-use items - because it does not break down properly - so these items should be made of paper instead. The paper can be made from wood fibre, hemp, bamboo, corn starch, or really any biodegradable material that can be returned to the soil which grew the stuff of which you make the paper. Plastic comes from oil (a fossil fuel derived from the fossilised bodies of marine creatures that died millions of years ago) and so should be made into things of quality that are designed to be re-used over and over again (like the plastic milk crate for example).
Phasing Out single-use Plastic is Possible. Imagine that the millions of crappy, flimsy, deadly single-use plastic bags and other plastic items are all replaced by quality, durable, washable eminently reusable bags and containers which are so valuable that People keep using them and never throw them away. Now imagine that all the purpose-designed reusable bags and containers have been produced with a subsidy provided by a tax on the production and sale of all the crappy, flimsy, deadly single-use plastic bags and other plastic items that are a Pollution Problem in our environment. Making the producers and consumers of polluting plastic pay for the design and production of quality, durable, washable eminently reusable bags and containers is a simple policy shift with huge social and environmental benefits.
People will respond to a Price signal - although People will prefer using purpose-designed quality, durable reusable bags and containers because they will work better, the thing that will help People kick the single-use plastic pollution habit, is having to pay for the cost of preventing the massive environmental legacy being passed on to the People who come after them through collectively funding the design and production of quality, durable, washable eminently reusable bags and containers. Simply allowing the millions of crappy, flimsy, deadly single-use plastic bags and other plastic items to continue to be produced and sold is encouraging People to keep polluting our environment. Putting a price on the plastic that causes the pollution enables rewarding the designers and producers of the durable solution.
Phasing Out Plastic Pollution should start now. In fact it has already started - there are many places (such as Coles Bay in Tasmania, Lord Howe Island, Mogo in NSW to name just a few) who have shown the lead by banning plastic bags. What is needed now is a national program to fully phase out all single-use plastic in a systematic way. It is in the interests of those who currently profit from the production of single-use plastic packaging to be directly involved in the implementation of such a national program to phase out all single-use plastic packaging and containers.
Pressure the Packaging Council of Australia to do something big about changing what their member companies produce from masses of crappy, flimsy, deadly single-use plastic bags and other plastic items to quality, durable, washable eminently reusable bags and containers which will work better for the people who use them. The Packaging Council of Australia can afford to work with the Federal and State Governments to implement a national program to fully phase out all single-use plastic in a systematic way.
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