Doing our part against the "plastic soup"

June 06, 2019

CNN published an article earlier in May about the deepest ever manned sea dive, led by explorer Victor Vescovo to the bottom of the Challenger Deep at the southern end of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. While we celebrate this astonishing achievement by Vescovo and his crew, what they found 11km below the surface shocked us. Plastic bags and candy wrappers, somehow, had found their way into one of the deepest places on earth. We are well aware of the damage that plastic waste has done to our oceans and waterways. This news, however, really heightened the sense of urgency behind our work to remove non-essential plastics from our supply chain.

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Our principal initiatives include:

LESS PACKAGING
Through ongoing supply chain audits, we have reduced the amount of plastic that went into making Scandia products. Our focus has shifted toward eliminating plastics from our product packaging. To that, we have just started sending our first packaging-free shipments and hope to eliminate non-essential plastics from our production processes.

WASTE SORTING
To ensure simpler, cleaner processing, to preserve the recyclability of waste materials, and through close coordination with local waste services, we have been recovering the carbon fibre in our supply chain since 2014 plastics since 2018.

QUICK STATS ON PLASTIC WASTE

- Over the last 10 years more plastic has been produced than it was during the entire 20th century
- 50% of the plastic used is single-use
- Only 5% of the plastic produced worldwide can be recovered
- 46% of plastics float (EPA 2006), all of which will drift for years before concentrating in masses throughout the world’s oceans
- Depending on type, it can take between 500 and 1,000 years for plastic to decompose

TIME TO GET DRASTIC ABOUT PLASTIC
It is next to impossible to escape plastic. And because plastic bottles, packaging, and materials fill our day-to-day lives, they also end up filling our garbages and landfills, littering our streets, and spilling into our waterways, then, inevitably, our oceans. The accumulation of this waste has led to shocking news headlines about plastic soup and plastic islands twice the size of Texas and photos of marine life harmed or killed by plastic straws, six pack rings, and shopping bags.


WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY PLASTIC USE
Our day-to-day use of plastics is unsustainable. While large-scale fixes depend, in part, on changes to regulatory legislation and on the commitment of private industry, there is much that we can do in our home and work lives:

  • - Bring a reusable shopping bag with you to the supermarket and grocery store; avoid using single-use plastic bags
  • - Take your own cup, bottle, or container for take-out/to-go coffee and drinks
  • - Use a stainless steel, glass, or bamboo straw instead

Our work to eliminating non-essential plastics is incremental and ongoing.

To succeed in this, we recognise the importance of changing both minds and routines, the power of individuals, and the influence of communities. We ask you to join us in our sustainability program and in our work to eliminate plastics waste.

To lend your support, through idea sharing or alerting us to critical initiatives, please get in touch: support@scandiagear.com

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for what we are doing!

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