We know we know folks. Plastics are a problem. Previously reported:

The report comparing greenhouse gas emissions estimates against global carbon budgets and emissions commitments. It also considers how current trends and projections will impact our ability to reach agreed emissions targets. Finally it compiles data. For example, downstream emissions and future growth rates. Those that have not previously been accounted for in widely used climate models. Because this accounting paints a grim picture. I mean plastic proliferation threatens our planet and the climate at a global scale.

Read the full report: here.

As CBS News Reports: An American diver broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean. It was consequently a plastic bag. Victor Vescovo traveled seven miles down to the deepest part of the ocean. Located in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific, BBC News reports.

So during his four-hour excursion, Vescovo spotted new sea creatures. That’s as well as a plastic bag and candy wrappers. The dive was recorded for “Deep Planet,” a series that will air on Discovery Channel later this year.

His team believing they discovered four new prawn-like species in total. They also saw a spoon worm, a pink snailfish and a colored rocky outcrops. Thereby all inhabitants of the deep sea. In addition to the creatures, they discovered something that past expeditions have not: pollution. Humanity’s impact had reached the deepest parts of the sea floor; the team realized.

Even recently The Huffington Post reportedthat there are so many dead whales arewashing up on the West Coast. All to the point that NOAA Is pleading for help. So yes folks. I mean the federal agency is also calling on property owners to volunteer space. Especially where a mounting toll of dead whales are decomposing naturally.

What’s Next?

As the sole manufacturer to use FDA food-grade approved inks, Aardvark is the only company to do this. All with the ability to safely print more than 200 colors, designs and customized logos. That’s right on their straws and wrappers. Because of its excellence in quality and design, Aardvark’s exclusive partnership with the NFL and NCAA. They allow them to print their sports-branded straws. In addition, Aardvark straws are made with 1/3 more material than competitor straws, making them extremely sturdy. Also they are able to withstand hours of use without falling apart. Even with the added material, the paper straws only take 45-60 days to decompose.

As Intelligent Living reports, concerns about the plastic crisis mount, one of the items that must go are plastic straws. This is not as easy a task as it seems it could be. Many people rely on straws or prefer them, for a variety of reasons. Therefore, an eco-friendly option to replace plastic has become a necessity.

Several ideas have come about in response to this growing demand. People all over the world have come up with new, more sustainable materials to make straws from. One of these ingenious solutions comes from a young Vietnamese entrepreneur who recently released a straw made of wild grass. It has quickly become a grand success and anyone who uses one, or finds out about them, absolutely loves them!

The young Vietnamese man’s name is Tran Minh Tien, and he is the owner of Ống Hút Cỏ., a company that makes two kinds of straws out of sedge grass. He arrived at the innovative idea of using a species of grass called Lepironia Articulata, locally known as co bang, which grows around the Mekong Delta region in southwestern Vietnam, through his desire to do something to help in the battle against plastic.

Ban in India

Global Citizen mentions too that Prime Minister Modi delivered the bold plan on Tuesday, described by the Guardian as the “most ambitious” move yet against global plastic pollution.

India is the fastest-growing economy in the world, and home to 1.3 billion people. Approximately 15,342 tonnes of plastic waste are wasted by Indians every single day, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and about 60% of that is recycled — far higher than the global average of 14%.

Panama

The Huffington Post and Reuters reported Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.

The isthmus nation of roughly 4 million people joined more than 60 other countries that have totally or partially banned single-use plastic bags, or introduced taxes to dissuade their use, including Chile and Colombia in the region.

Bali becomes the first Indonesian island to ban single use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene

The long promised plastic bag ban is now officially in effect as of June 23rd, 2019. After a six months adaptation period, the Bali government officially announced the ban on all single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene becoming the first province in Indonesia to do so.

This is a big victory for Bali’s environment and the future of the island of gods as Indonesian government declared back in December 2017, Bali as a state of emergency with its plastic pollution crisis. We would like to properly honour and celebrate all of whom have been a part of this massive movement to enforce this change. What started as a dream for two young sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen, cofounders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags back 6 years ago, to our dedicated partners EcoBali Waste Management, to reclaimed local activists including Gede Robi and Jane Fischer, now has united the whole island to get behind them.

Source: Make A Change

But then Eco-Products sells a variety of single-use cups, plates, napkins, trays, straws and take-out containers, all made from renewable resources and post-consumer recycled content. Its customers include professional sports teams like the Minnesota Twins, venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and campuses like the University of Colorado at Boulder. Other customers include hospitals, corporate campuses, convention centers, and a wide array of independent food service operators.

Eco-Products is one of the first companies selling disposable foodservice products to become a Certified B Corp. While Jacobson is proud of the distinction, he knows there’s much more work ahead.