"Our society's addiction to throwaway plastic is fueling a global environmental crisis that must be tackled at source."
“Understanding whether plastic particles are absorbed across biological membranes and accumulate within internal organs is critical for assessing the risk these particles pose to both organism and human health."
Climate implications make a petrochemical build-out risky, not only from an environmental perspective, but also from a fiscal perspective.
In the U.S. specifically, a total of 70 cleanups determined that Nestlé, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola were the worst corporate plastic polluters, in that order.
As tiny fibers shed from synthetic textiles invade our bodies, researchers scramble to identify potential threats.
A new study concluded that "plastic is contaminating almost every corner of the environment and its ecosystems."
According to recent estimates, over 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans every year.
"As part of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025."
Without supportive government policies, innovative plastic alternatives will have trouble crossing the so-called “valley of death” from the lab to the market.
"Recycling is necessary but not sufficient. We absolutely must cut off the flow and have more stringent measures against over-packaging and disposable objects."