Has the amount of plastics or other polluting materials parked on the shore of the beach or tangled in the river vegetation ever caught your attention? Greenpeace estimates that each year eight million tons of garbage reaches the sea, ending in the seabed affecting aquatic fauna and flora. The disappearance of marine species, the destroyed coral reefs, and the plastic soup floating in our oceans result from these uncontrolled dumping decades.
In the rivers, the situation does not change. About 2.5 million tons of pollution that reach the sea comes directly from the rivers that flow there, creating islands of garbage in the ocean.
Although the levels of recycling and social awareness worldwide have increased, only 36% of urban waste generated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries is recycled. That is why on World Water Day, the importance of keeping the oceans and rivers clean is vindicated—keeping the water completely clean impacts the health of forests and animals, which is directly related to our way of life.
Today, industries launch campaigns to become more involved with the environment, although this is not enough. It is not enough to stop pouring plastics into the seas; we need a total global commitment where reduce, reuse and recycle are employed daily.
That is why at SUSTONABLE, we have created a unique formula: for every 100 PET plastic bottles that others throw away, we make an area of 1m2 of our recycled and recyclable material. The implication of the industries and of each person individually would make the seas and rivers cleaner, which would imply an improvement in the quality of life of everyone.