Remember a time before plastic? Unless you are pretty ancient, the answer to that one is a big no. But we’ve only been plastic addicts for around one hundred years. The whole expanse of history before that, we were plastic-free.
So, what’s the big deal? Aside from the inescapable images of plastics in our oceans (once they’re in your head, there’s no getting rid of them), plastics are a boon. It’s inexpensive to make, convenient to use, and forms a nice sanitary casing for thousands of products we rely on every single day. Think food packaging, personal care products, and everything in between, You can’t move for the plastic that’s surrounding us.
While society continues to rely heavily on plastic, the far-reaching implications on our environment and our health are wreaking havoc. When we say our health, we’re of course talking about microplastics. In a world filled with plastic, we end up eating, drinking, and breathing these microscopic pieces of the stuff daily, and while that alone doesn’t sound great, these small plastic particles also contain chemical additives that have been associated with serious health problems like infertility, hormone-related cancers, and neurodevelopment disorders.
So how does this happen? Once plastics and microplastics end up in the environment, which they do as they fester and slowly break down into little pieces (note, plastic never biodegrades completely) in landfills and so on, they attract micro-organisms like harmful bacteria. If microplastics containing these pathogens enter our bodies, they can increase the risk of infection.
So, there are serious implications for our health. And it doesn’t end there because the environmental impact of plastics is just as devastating. National Geographic predicts that plastic trash in the ocean will nearly triple by 2040 to 29 million metric tons. Among its many nasty impacts, these plastics destroy marine ecosystems and wheedle their way into our own food supply.
Ok, hands up, we might be slightly biased towards hemp, but you’ve got to admit, how many incredible benefits does hemp plastic have to offer? But being neutral here, there are more and more bioplastic options proving worthy alternatives to conventional plastics, and they deserve a namecheck. Here’s a quick lineup of some other sustainable bioplastic alternatives:
Feeling the need to act? We know we are. We mean, while supporting hemp plastic and other bioplastics is a great way to help address the world’s growing plastic problem, there are other ways to make a difference on a personal level. For starters, think about purchasing reusable items when it comes to things in your home or office and seek out brands that are taking initiatives to minimize their single-use plastics. There’s a growing number of those to choose from, and it makes for happy research.
Over in Press Pause HQ, we remain committed to finding sustainable alternatives for doing our part to help minimize this serious health and environmental concern. This includes minimal single-use plastics, recycled-material packaging, and glass containers. We are always looking for better ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We also know this isn’t a closed conversation, and we welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have on our ever-evolving journey to better sustainability. Shop our sustainable CBD products or contact us to get involved in our mission to cut down our environmental impact. We’re in this together!