In this video, Dianna Cohen explores the impact that plastic pollution has on our planet. As an artist, she cut and sewed plastic bags to create sculptural and wall pieces, but she noticed how easily those bags broke down into impossibly small pieces, or microplastics. Rather than breaking down and being processed into compostable earth like bio-degradable alternatives, however, these plastics remained, well, plastic. Here’s a deeper look at how plastic pollution affects our lives:
- Most visible are the oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually two massive, stinking bodies of floating trash in the ocean that swirl in between Hawaii and California to the east and near Japan to the west, collecting trash and plastic every day. Each patch is estimated to cover a surface area of 1.6 million square kilometers. However, these plastics have been broken down into microplastics that simply cause the ocean to look like grey soup. There are eleven patches like this around the world, and these masses are growing too quickly for scientists to clean up.
- Plastic also pollutes our food, from the grocery store to our kitchens. Everywhere you look, your food is packaged in plastic: milk cartons, salad kits, jars of peanut butter, bags of cereal. Our food storage containers are made of plastic, too, from Tupperware to refrigerator shelves. Harmful BpA has been found in plastic containers such as baby bottles, and these toxins leak into our food and harm our endocrine systems.
- Too often, instead of recycled, plastics are downcycled and shipped to other parts of the world because they simply are not recyclable. The same microplastics that gather in the garbage patches of the ocean have been found everywhere, broken down into invisible particles that circulate into our water, soil, and air. These plastics have worked their way into the fish we consume and grow into the vegetables that we encourage our children to eat so they grow up healthy and strong.
“This is a problem that we have created as consumers, and we can solve,” says Cohen. We agree. The truth is, everyone knows about the dangers of pollution to some extent, and the facts above probably aren’t the first you’ve heard about it. But the choice to refuse to use plastic, to focus on alternatives, is one that too many choose knot to make. But why knot?
This isn’t any one person’s fault. Single-use plastics have been touted for years as necessary evils, for sanitary and hygienic purposes, to protect our health and well-being. The industry shifted toward innovative new uses for plastic since its invention in 1907, and people followed and adapted to those trends. At Knot Plastic™️, we believe that all plastics can be replaced by safe, biodegradable, affordable alternatives. Instead of limiting your freedom of choice, we look to expand it by providing the same value and comfort enjoyed from plastics, while minimizing the negative impacts to our health and home. Our Knot Plastic™️ plant-based alternative products are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. We challenge the industry to follow us and to lead by example with us.