Plastic in the oceans is becoming a major environmental issue. So much so that the governments of the world are coming together with a unilateral agreement that action must be taken to tackle this problem. The damage that this scourge has caused went unnoticed for many years, with the gaze of environmental concerns placed on the then more pressing issue of the time, including climate change. However, as research has proven, this issue is becoming a major blight for all of society and could threaten the livelihoods of millions of people, as well as of course the untold damage done to marine wildlife and the destruction of ecosystems. Unilite understands the need to do their bit and in response are taking matters into their own hands by moving to more responsible packaging.
Research conducted by plasticoceans.org states that more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans, with over 90% of all seabirds having plastic found in their stomachs. This is a shocking number but is unsurprising considering that 500 billion plastic bags are used annually worldwide.
Unilite may not be one of the main contributors to plastic waste but are nevertheless making an effort to reduce their individual impact. The companies aim is simple; to move to 100% recyclable materials for all product packaging. In order to guarantee this, consultations are being made with packaging suppliers and they are seeking a number of viable alternatives to these needs, with only sustainable solutions being considered. Within the next few years, all packaging is being changed to at least 90% cardboard, with a shift towards this more environmentally friendly solution.
We can all make an effort to use less plastic in our lives, with a due diligence towards responsibility and sustainability. Unilite is certainly taking this on board and are striving to be at the forefront of developing environmentally friendly packaging over the next few years. If everyone does their bit, then together we can create and sustain a healthier ocean for everyone to enjoy and use. As Helen Keller states, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.
For more information on the effects of plastic in the ocean, please visit: https://plasticoceans.org