More than 100 billion tonnes of materials entered the global economy in 2017 to generate power, build infrastructure and homes, produce food, and provide consumer goods such as clothes and phones. There are now more phones than people on the planet, and the amount of clothes purchased is forecast…
Sitting at the mouth of the Patapsco River sits Baltimore’s inner harbor. A point of pride for a city that’s most known for Cal Ripken, John Waters, and only the bestest crime drama ever made, Baltimoreons enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, rafting, and famous blue crabs from the water surrounding Charm City. To keep enjoying the beauty, bounty, and recreation that begins in Baltimore’s inner harbor, the waterways can’t be allowed to get filled with garbage, and keeping trash out of them is critical to maintaining rivers and bays that bring joy and pleasure to the area’s citizens and visitors. Often, that single-use water bottle that doesn’t make it into the trash bin can find its way to a storm drain where it can end up in the harbor, and eventually, the ocean.
Importers are reminded that the ban on the importation of single-use plastics took effect today, Monday, April 1. Products such as petro-based single-use plastic cups, cutlery, including plastic knives, forks and spoons; stirrers; straws; plates; egg trays (both plastic and Styrofoam), and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry can no longer be imported.
As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” While it’s easy to apply this to antiques, souvenirs and keepsakes, it can also translate to sustainable practices. In a circular economy, materials that’d typically be thrown away can be reimagined and reinvented into something useful. This is how plastic pots enjoy a second life as hanging baskets, plastic wrap is transformed into deck boards and EPS foam is revived as insulation.
Walki Group will produce its first products with circular polymers, which will be delivered to customers this year, as part of a major step towards a zero-waste future.