Turning the Tide on Ocean Plastics Pollution
Visit any beach, and you’ll see that plastic waste is everywhere. Beverage bottles and single-use plastics litter our rivers and oceans and imperil shorebirds and other sea life.
Here are some facts about the plastics crisis:
Plastic waste is choking our oceans: Scientists estimate that more than 8 million tons of plastic waste (predominantly single-use plastics) enter the world’s oceans each year – a number expected to more than triple to 29 million tons by 2040. That’s enough to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic.
Plastic recycling is severely inadequate: Global plastic production exceeds 3 million tons per year but only 10% of all plastic waste is recycled. The remainder is incinerated or ends up in landfills and in our oceans and waterways.
However, we also recognize that plastic materials have benefits that many others do not, and that eliminating plastics entirely is just not feasible. At RSP, we’re motivated to do our part – and to help our customers meet their sustainability goals – by using reclaimed plastics whenever possible in our manufacturing and packaging choices. We encourage our customers to investigate alternatives to virgin plastic, and will work with you to help you make informed choices about how to use this durable material more responsibly. By making the switch to reclaimed ocean-bound plastics, brands can add an invaluable eco-conscious bonafide that tells customers you’re doing your part to address the crisis too.