Why Plastic Is Evil
We are not the first people to make and market beeswax food wraps, we admit that. However, we are the first people to do it with a focus on Asia. Why? Because we have adopted this part of the world as my home for the past 16 years and truly love it. We are deeply saddened to see the rampant and abundant use of plastic bags in the region. We want to help educate and foster sustainable habits and honestly believe Wrappini can do just that. We are based in Bangkok, Thailand, a country that has no regulations on plastic bag usage; as such they are carelessly tossed away after a single use and overly used in all malls, markets and convenience stores. We know we can’t change ingrained habits overnight, but we think this is one small step we can help promote regionally for the benefit of future generations and the environment.
If you’re not convinced plastic is a menace, please review the below statistics:
· Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
· It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
· Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
· 50% of the plastic humans produce is used just once and throw away.
· Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
· Humans currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
· The average Asian throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
· Plastic accounts for around 10% of the total waste generated globally.
· The production of plastic uses around 8% of the world's oil production.
· Southeast Asia throws away 50 billion plastic water bottles every year.
· In Thailand alone, 100 metric tonnes of plastic fragments – like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles – are carried into the Gulf of Thailand every day.
· Plastic in the ocean breaks down into very small segments, pieces from a one-litre bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
· Around 80% of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
· Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
· One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
· 44% of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
· Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body – 93% of Asians aged six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).
· Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.