Waste management is a huge problem all of the world. Plastics have quite literally been discovered at the highest peaks and the deepest depths, poorer countries are receiving waste from richer countries despite not having the capacity to get rid of it, and its now being reported that 1 billion tonnes of food are being wasted each year in every country in the world. The global population is still growing and as countries develop, their consumption of plastics and other materials increases to levels seen in much of the developed world. …

Bitcoin has hit the headlines a lot recently as its value has skyrocketed, exceeding $60,000 just a few days ago. As of today, 1 bitcoin is worth $54,842.30 (£39,445.60) so it has dropped in recent days but it is still incredibly valuable. Since it was created in 2009 by someone under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin has exploded in value and people that invested in the very early days have very quickly become millionaires, or even billionaires.

If you have no idea what bitcoin is don’t worry, its taken a lot of time and research for me to understand and…

The right to protest is enshrined in law in countries all over the world. Internationally, Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” In the EU there is the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which has its own version but includes much of the same as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nationally, the UK Human Rights Act 1998 that was adopted in 2000 follows many of the rights that were set out in the ECHR but applied specifically to the UK. Across the pond…

There is no doubt that are climate is changing. Global temperatures are rising, sea ice and glaciers are shrinking, oceans are getting hotter and the sea levels are beginning to rise faster and faster. Without urgent change the impacts of the climate emergency will only get worse and leave more of the planet uninhabitable.

Countries have committed to taking action. After Biden re-signed the Paris Agreement, almost every country on the planet has committed to taking action on the climate emergency and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to levels much more sustainable levels. However, committing to acting and doing so…

Throughout the month of July I’ve talked about the incredible amount of plastic that is being produced around the world, the amount of plastic in the our oceans and the natural environment (and the damage that’s doing), and the problems of managing the a vast amount of waste we’re producing because of our addiction to plastic. So to finish the month, I decided to write about what we can all do to reduce our plastic consumption.

Before I start that, I’m not going to ignore the giant elephant in the room. We’re consuming so much plastic because brands use it…

Ever since its invention, we have produced and consumed an incredible amount of plastic. Globally, an estimated 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste have been disposed of with 9% of that being recycled, 12% incinerated and 79% going to landfill. Each year we produce an additional 300 million tonnes of plastic waste and that is projected to continue.

How we manage that is the multi-billion dollar question. Too much of it ends up in the natural environment and is having major impacts that will affect this planet for decades. …

The amount of plastic we are consuming is growing and, if projections are correct, will continue to rise over the coming decades. Between the early 1950s when plastic production first began and now, we’ve consumed more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic and the rate at which we consume seems to be accelerating. More on the global production of plastic and its impacts there can be find in an article posted last week.

We’ve produced an incredible amount of plastic around the world. (Source)

This article is to look at how our consumption and the pollution that has come from our plastic addiction has affected the natural environment.

Plastic in its completely synthetic form has been around since the start of the 20th century with the invention of Bakelite. Its number of uses and the types of plastic created grew slowly before exploding into the mainstream during World War Two. In the 1950s and 60s, plastics entered the home and many saw an entirely plastic home as the future. In 1957, Disneyland introduced the Monsanta House of the Future that was entirely made of plastic. …

The impact of the Coronavirus has been felt across every single country in the world. As of June 25th, there have been over 9 million cases of the virus — almost half a million of those that caught it have died — with the number of those having the virus still going up. We seem to be getting closer and closer to the peak of the pandemic, but there are countries that are still seeing a rise in cases and some countries seeing another spike or outbreak.

The UK has had just over 300,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and…

The modern economic system is a take-make-waste linear model

The modern economic system is a take-make-waste linear model: we take raw materials, make something that can be sold on, and then let it go to waste. It’s the reason plastic is littered across almost the entire planet and why landfills are filling up so rapidly to the point we’re running out of space for them. Capitalism in its current form requires that this process continues for growth, regardless of the social and environmental consequences.

Transitioning to a circular economy is the start to addressing some of the consequences of the current system. We can change the way we look…

Mike Hosey

| Founder of thinksustainabilityblog.com | Masters in Sustainable Development | Interested in all things sustainable |

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