Posted by Ben Gooden on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 2:36 AM
More than 80% of marine litter is plastic, with single-use plastics making up 70% of all ocean waste. Statistics like these contributed to the recent announcement that Germany would be banning single-use plastics nationwide from July 3, 2021.
‘With today’s cabinet decision, we are taking an important national step in the fight against the plastic flood.’ Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said.
The German announcement brings it in line with the ‘Single-Use Plastics Directive’, a European Union mission to reduce plastic waste. That directive is on track to reduce the European Unions environmental damage bill by €22 billion (over $36 billion AUD) by 2030. Globally, the focus on reducing plastic waste is growing, not just through recycling but cutting the introduction of virgin plastics. Louise Edge, senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK believes that companies and governments need to drive change.
‘Companies and governments still need to step up and shift us away from using plastic for throwaway items like food and drink packaging. They can ensure plastic is only used for essential items – like medical kit – and that it is captured and reused at the end of its life. That’s the only way we will stop this contamination of our environment.’
At Citygreen, recycling is in our DNA and we’re proud of our focus on environmentally sustainable systems which result in over a million kilograms of plastic being recycled and reused every year to promote healthy tree canopies in urban areas.
We take that recycled plastic and use it to make the strongest soil vaults in the world, the Stratavault and Stratacell products which are proven to improve the growth rate and health of trees in urban areas. The combination of product quality, durability, speed of installation, and 100% recycled plastics means we provide the greenest way to create green spaces.