Friday Pearl

Planet or Plastic? A Pressing Question

Friday, June 01, 2018


Biosyntrx went strawless last September to help protect the oceans, and we found it easy. We are now even more passionately committed to the sustainability of life on a healthy planet. We are not just anti plastic straw, we are anti all single-use plastics.


Ditching plastic straws is an initiative gaining more and more steam amongst business owners who are concerned about their impact on the environment. 


As a part of the initiative to remove 500 million plastic straws from the US waste stream last year, many businesses have committed to using marine-degradable alternatives to the usual single-use straws made out of plastic. 

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The nonprofit environmental science Ocean Cleanup Foundation recently reported that the largest collection of ocean garbage (mostly single-use plastic) floating halfway between Hawaii and California is now twice the size of Texas. The EU response was to commit to banning the sale of single-use plastic by 2019.


Thankfully, a worldwide movement against single-use plastic has now started, and we thank National Geographic for the brilliant and informative article they just published in their May 2018 issue and the use of their cover graphic.


The success of our own commitment to give up plastic straws taught us that giving up single-use and other plastic was not as hard as we thought it might be. It seems that almost weekly, more and more alternatives to plastic are becoming available from small companies like ours.  

FYI: Unfortunately, even the new plant-based biodegradable plastic requires oxygen to decompose, therefore putting biodegradable plastic in trash that goes to a landfill is the same as putting regular plastic in the trash, because almost nothing biodegrades in an oxygen-deprived mountain of landfill. 


The good news is that plant-based plastics labeled "compostable" are now accepted at most public composting centers and, environmentally speaking, well worth the extra money and time when it comes to individual responsibility for saving our health, our oceans, and our planet for future generations.  


Here is a link to fully compostable plant-based biodegradable alternatives to plastic that break down within 180 days in commercial composting centers.  

Fortunately for the oceans, scientists worldwide are stepping up to the plate and collectively looking for ways to solve our planet's plastic crisis, including a newly engineered plastic-digesting enzyme called PETase that could be the recycling savior for our environmental needs. The findings of this research were published in a 2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 


Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff





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An ethical bottled water company we are watching closely called CHOOSE WATER, with a new CHOOSE2  Saving the Ocean, One Bottle at a Time tag line, is worth serious crowd-funding consideration. Not only are the bottles they now use completely biodegradable and sustainable without composting, they are spearheading a new blue movement of zero impact waste. 


And the really good news is that CHOOSE WATER donates all profits to a nonprofit charity partner, Water for Africa.


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