Fantastic Plastic

12 Jan

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In today’s consumer world, and specifically in our country Nigeria, plastic is everywhere—from plentiful stores of bottled water/ pure water,  to disposable plasticware to the containers that hold our store-bought food. It seems like you can’t go out shopping without running into a good deal of plastic. And while this material is strong, reliable, and undoubtedly useful, we also may have way too much of the stuff that isn’t being reused. Recycling plastic uses much less energy than creating new plastic, and it conserves our valuable resources. Despite this, however, only about a third of our material that could be recycled actually is. Among younger generations, the problem of our overconsumption of plastic has been prevalent for as long as some can remember, and yet little has changed or progressed in alleviating the problem. Statistically, people in the Millennial generation (today’s secondary, university students, and young adults) are much less likely to properly recycle plastic and other materials than those in older generations. If you’re of student or Millennial age, take a look at the following infographic—the reality is that younger generations need to start getting serious about recycling, or the future will be robbed of some very valuable resources. 

Plastic Infographic

 

Source: OnlineEducation.net

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6 Responses to “Fantastic Plastic”

  1. Abumere Omijie January 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    You are very right, I can tell you more about plastics pollution in Nigeria and the world in general. My company engaged in the productions of defferent designs of flexible packaging solution, that’s made of plastics material , However, we have been trying to creat the awearness of bio -degradable plastics bags since 6 years that is environmentally friendly , only a few among our customer embrace it , Tatanlizers and Tastee Fried Chicken are only the companies that are using the environmentally friendly bags in Nigeria presently. I have also written to Shoprite introducing the bio degradable shopping bags to them and we are yet to finalize the processes. In our company, We are very concern about the environment and our goal is to use our products to creat awearness the problem of plastics pollution in Nigeria if nothing is done ASAP. It will create a big problem in the environment, presently there are flooding everywhere now because some of the drainage are block by these conventional plastics materials, just to mention a few. Our company does business in Nigeria and the United States of America . We need to work together. Thanks

    • ugochi anyaka January 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      we sure should work together. please email. thank you

      • Cassie Yates July 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

        Hi Ugochi,

        I moved to Lagos recently and was alarmed by the plastic consumption here, particularly amongst the wealthier Nigerian population who can afford another option. A little bit of effort can go a long way here. I am currently trying to set up an organisation with promotes the alternative shopping bag, in Europe the phenomenon is called the ‘Bag for Life’. I was wondering if you or any colleagues would be interested in participating. We cannot solve the problem but small actions such as just remembering to take a shopping bag can make a difference.

        Please get in touch,

        Cassie Yates

      • Abumere Omijie August 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

        Yes , we have alternative to the menace of plastics materials in Nigeria. Recently in Abuja ,we just concluded a workshop organized by the ministry of environment in conjunction with Abu & Sons Trading Co, USA and Nigeria and EPI Vancouver Canada , on better ways to handle plastics materials in Nigeria. In attendance , we have the Canadian ambassador to Nigeria , minister of environment and several dignitaries . There is an additive use along with the productions of plastics materials that will make the plastics to degrade after 12 months when it dishargev. Contact us for more information as we are very interested to work together . Thanks Abumere Omijie for : Abu & Sons

      • abuandsons@yahoo.com August 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        Abumere Omijie on August 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm Your comment is awaiting moderation. Yes , we have alternative to the menace of plastics materials in Nigeria. Recently in Abuja ,we just concluded a workshop organized by the ministry of environment in conjunction with Abu & Sons Trading Co, USA and Nigeria and EPI Vancouver Canada , on better ways to handle plastics materials in Nigeria. In attendance , we have the Canadian ambassador to Nigeria , minister of environment and several dignitaries . There is an additive use along with the productions of plastics materials that will make the plastics to degrade after 12 months when it dishargev. Contact us for more information as we are very interested to work together . Thanks Abumere Omijie for : Abu & Sons

        Abumere Omijie Abu & Sons Trading Co Packaging Specialist http://www.abuandsons.com

  2. taiwoadewole January 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    This is not new to most of us here in Lagos, there is a lot of collection going on already through the government (LAWMA) and the Private sector such as Recyclepoints that awards points for waste sorted out for recycling and also wecyclers that have been going round for the collection, while the giant Alkem do the actual recycling by converting the PET bottles into fibres, while GZ Industry recycle the Cans, in few week times,there is going to be a kick of campaign in Unilag tagged “Wipe Our Waste Unilag” WOW! Unilag, every single waste sorted out for recycling will get a reward and even a shopping voucher on monthly basis

    Afrer Unilag, we will be extending to IFE and other interested schools, while the major producers of these products (PET Bottles, Cans, Pure Water Sachets) will be inculcated into the projects, The producer need to be factor in in what I called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

    Thank you

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