Plastic impact on ecology

Cheap, capable of being made into any conceivable shape, strong and durable, plastic is something of a wonder material. It has proved so useful to humans that since the 1950s we have produced an estimated 8.3 billion metric tonnes of the stuff. However, the victim of this success appears to be much of life on Earth. And humans, one day, could find themselves among them.

For some 79 per cent of the plastic produced over the last 70 years has been thrown away, either into landfill sites or into the general environment. Just nine per cent is recycled with the rest incinerated. This has been described as "an uncontrolled experiment on a global scale" by scientists.

With more than eight million tonnes going into the oceans every year, it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish by 2050 and 99 per cent of all the seabirds on the planet will have consumed some. It is thought the sea now contains some 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy. It is found all over the planet, with 300 billion pieces in the once-pristine Arctic and a remote island in the Pacific, the uninhabited Henderson Island, one of the Pitcairns, believed to have the highest concentration of plastic pollution in the world.

 

Plastic Industrie Impact on Nature

How many tonnes of plastic are consumed worldwide every year
297000000
The percentage of plastic yearly accumulated in landfills or the natural environment
79
Quantity of plastic bags consumed worldwide every year
600000000000
How many metric tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year
8000000

Legislation leads to a solution

Seance several decades, the problem of plastic pollution was raised on "Climate Summits" by many International Organisations and ecology militants all other the world. Finally, today we can see several serios actions imposed by different countries to regulate the plastic pollution.

  • The United Nations Environment Programme – each year more and more countries join the program and engage actions to fulfil the programme.
  • Starting from July 2016 the single use plastic bags are interdicted in France and other European countries if they are not partially bio-sourced and compostable.
  • Starting from 2019 the single use plastic objects like plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons will be banned in certain European countries and in other will have to be replaced by sustainable materials by 2023.
  • Some Scandinavian countries impose a tax to the supermarkets that are selling plastic bags.

Viridi Pack

SG Products offers the first 100% biodegradable substitute to plastics. Made from natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives and vegetable waste, these products are non-toxic to the environment, animals and plants. More than that, Viridi Pack contains no conventional plastics at all and as a prove they are soluble in cold or hot water!

 

The idea of creating these products took shape in 2012 with the support of scientists and environmentalists across the world. Today we are proud to offer to our costumers a variety of biodegradable bags and wrapping film.

We are working hard to be able to provide in the nearest future biodegradable substitutes to the following products:

  • cotton buds
  • cutlery
  • plates
  • drink stirrers
  • sticks for balloons
  • food containers