My recent post about plastic recycling considered matters on the level of the kitchen bin and the municipal processing plant. The topic doesn’t really get simpler when we shift to the industry and global level, but the stakes are certainly higher.
I found this TED interview with Andrew Forrest to be very interesting, and hope you will as well. Increasing the amount of talk about recycling’s importance is unlikely to have a lot more efficacy than it has had so far; Forrest advocates for solutions to be implemented on a much larger scale.
At this point in time, the problem is so vast that a decision by me to bring only reusable bags to use for my groceries is laughably inadequate. All my small decisions added to all of yours will be valuable, I’m sure, but there is so much more to do. One great aspect of the strategy proposed here is the way that two huge problems can connect and solve each other.
Take a look at noplasticwaste.org to learn more about coordinated efforts, and to add your voice to those calling for change on a global level. There’s a lot of work to do.