Industries and Companies need to lead by example!

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SNAPS plastic wrapper buried since 1996 and not a scratch on it. 17 YEARS of being buried in my front yard. Highlighting the fact that industry needs to take account of the product and wrapper IT produces and IT sends to landfill because people cannot recycle them?! Taking care of the earth is a joint effort and people in power need to lead by example…

It really infuriates me when Industries have the upper hand, spending millions on marketing and shelf placement, making the shopping experience like going to a brain wash warehouse! Because of all of this our kids annoy us to high heaven to purchase these brands, we do so because we don’t want to feel like – bad parents! Even though my gut is always right about the food I give my child. My gut – speaking metaphorically, but also quite literally – can cut through the marketing BS.

But, what I cannot handle is when, the packaging our food and other items are packed in is NOT RECYCLABLE. How is this possible?

I always wanted to do a scientific experiment, to show how PLASTIC does not break down. It will always be on the planet. It might break up into tiny pieces but it will never be GONE. This weekend, my husband and I did some major gardening. In the front garden hedge, we found a range of rubbish, including about 20 glass vodka bottles! But, the interesting thing for me was the buried plastic wrappers. I have highlighted the word buried because, these are the same conditions the wrapper would have been exposed to in a landfill situation. And after 17 years it still looks brand spanking new – minus the dirt and bugs of course!

The thing that people forget is nature deals with building up and breaking down. It is cyclical. There is nothing a. natural about this plastic packaging and b. it can NEVER be broken down. Industries will fob you off stating things like:

Q. Are Huggies Baby Wipes biodegradable?

A. All Huggies Baby Wipes will begin to breakdown over a long period of time.

This is NOT TRUE because they answer their own question here:

Q. What are Huggies Baby Wipes made from?

A. A stretchy non-woven fabric called Coform. Coform is made from a combination of microscopic and continuous plastic fibres and wood pulp (cellulose) fibres that provide gentle care to baby’s skin.

Yes they begin to break down as they contain wood pulp but the key thing that Huggies cleverly evade is that the baby wipe will NEVER break down because it contains, and I quote “microscopic and continuous plastic fibers”.

I constantly see baby wipes left on beaches, forests and area’s where kids get mucky. But, people do not realize baby wipes are essentially plastic and they will get into the ecosystems, ingested by animals and will NEVER break down.

So, until industries start to take notice that their product ends up in landfill or back into the ecosystem BECAUSE of their decisions. Yes, as the consumer we do not need to purchase the product, but it would be a whole lot easier if we could purchase products safe in the knowledge that the packaging and product was recyclable and kind to the planet.

I would like to make a call to world industries and companies to produce products that are easy to recycle and show that you actually care about the human race – because at the moment industries are mass producing products that will end up “wiping” us all out – pardon the pun, but it just had to be done!

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