About the Campaign
The Planet Conservation “Caribe Sur Libre De Plastico” project aims to support the national strategy of Costa Rica to be the first carbon neutral country in 2021 and a single-use, plastic-free country by 2020, based on the national strategy of replacing single-use plastics with renewable and compostable alternatives Costa Rican state is running since June 2017.
We launched our campaign within the framework of the Arte Viva Festival of Puerto viejo in April 2018. Since then we received the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Puerto Viejo but also from the local Association of Development, who have both shown a great interest in all businesses, hotels and restaurants to join this initiative.
There are many practical uses of plastic such as in the medicinal, aviation, and automobile industry. However, food and drinks do not have to be packaged into plastic, and it is essential to use it in a more responsible way. Single-use plastics are not an intelligent choice from the economic and environmental points of view.
Plastic is useful, but there are cleaner alternatives that can and must be used, so that consumers can continue using their favorite products without damaging the environment or their health, and to prevent the seas and the oceans from suffering from one of the worst causes of water pollution- plastic.
We are trying to focus on solutions but here are few facts that we need to keep in mind concerning the situation:
The single-use plastic, is used for a short time, often only a few minutes but lasts hundreds of years to degrade. When future generations will look upon the plastic polluting our ecosystems they won’t ask why we didn’t recycle more, they will ask why products taking minutes to consume were produced in packaging that lasts for centuries.
Plastics are almost eternal. Except for the volume we’ve incinerated, almost all the plastic ever produced still exists somewhere in the biosphere, although much of it is now invisible to humans, reduced to tiny particles in ocean and land ecosystems. Plastic is great because it lasts so long and resists decay, but plastic is a big problem for those same reasons.
Today only 9% of the plastic get recycled but it’s gonna take more than recycling to fix our plastic problem. We will need to stop using so much of it in the first place, if we want to save our world and ourselves we will have to choose, planet or plastic…
Planet Conservation Strategy
It is important to mobilize companies and consumers to evolve towards sustainable alternatives, which is why we are committed to guaranteeing actions to replace single-use plastics by means of several strategic actions:
- Encourage municipal incentives.
- Bring guidance to the local companies and consumers for the substitution of single-use plastic products.
- Increase the education of the population with the ambition to find solutions together to prevent plastics and packaging of everything we consume from growing without proper management.
- Research, development and investment in productive projects and clean up.
- Generate consciousness on the topic, providing the necessary knowledge to children and generating sensitivity towards single use plastic issues via our project “Environmental Kids Club”.
Education is the main tool we use in our campaign to sensitize companies and consumers on the commitment that we must acquire to eliminate single-use plastics such as: straws, plastic bags, disposables products, plastic bottles and any type of material that can not be reused that can cause a great impact on nature and our oceans.
Therefore, all actors of society are invited to sign our commitment, to make any donation and be part of this great national initiative. In the Southern Caribbean, the situation has already evolved, and every day more and more people are willing to be part of the solution to reduce the waste we generate.
According to the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica if we do not take urgent measures, by 2050 will have more plastic in the ocean than fish in the water.
BE PART OF SOLUTIONS
10 easy-to-follow tips to change the world now!
Anyone can be part of the solution by:
- Signing our commitment.
- Helping to raise awareness and build more projects with a donation on this page.
- Making small yet simple and positive changes in your everyday life.
We have much more power than what we think, beginning with breaking our addiction to plastic!
Tip 1: Use cloth bags for your purchases instead of plastic bags.
Tip 2: Ask for your drinks always without a straw.
Tip 3: Use a reusable bottle for your water and fill it at the tap, water is drinkable in Costa Rica.
Tip 4: Store your food in glass or stainless steel containers.
Tip 5: Preferably buy your products packaged in cardboard or glass
Tip 6: Stop using products packed with single-use plastics
Tip 7: Use the dishes of your house, or plates and glasses made of cardboard or biodegradable materials for your meetings, parties, picnic etc.
Tip 8: Use your own containers for food for carry out orders, oe prioritize places that offer take-away food free from plastic and / or styrofoam
Tip 9: Reuse the plastic products that you have in your house, but also look in your house at which plastics you can replace
Tip 10: Always think before buying a product made of plastic if there are other alternatives!
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BIODEGRADABLE = GOOD ; IS NOT TRUE
Everything we create is eventually biodegradable and that’s doesn’t mean it is a good thing.
Conventional biodegrade plastics decomposes into harmful micro and nano-plastics.
Nowaday every bit of plastic ever produce still exist somewhere in the nature.
However biomaterials materials compost down into useful biomass, either at home or in industrial composting sites. Instead of talking about whether a material can biodegrades, it is more relevant and important to talk about whether a material can composts or not.
Have fun living with less plastic,
don’t let the enormity of the plastic problem get you down, and be part of the solution!