31 May '18, 6pm

The world wastes so much stuff, but it's not just the fault of the consumer. System change is key!

5 Reasons the World Wastes So Much Stuff (and Why It's Not Just the Consumer's Fault) By Mathy Stanislaus If you need motivation to skip the straw at lunch today, consider this: Scientists found that even Arctic sea ice —far removed from most major metropolitan areas—is no longer plastic-free. According to Dr. Jeremy Wilkinson of the British Antarctic Survey, "this suggests that microplastics are now ubiquitous within the surface waters of the world's ocean. Nowhere is immune." Humanity has a waste problem. Globally, we generate about 1.3 billion tons of trash per year, far more than we can properly process or recycle. This leads to environmental tragedies like ocean plastic pollution and geopolitical tensions, as Western countries search for new places to stash their trash. Because we waste so much, we must extract unsustainable quantities of natural resources to keep pac...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/waste-circular-economy-257173848...

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