“Seas of Plastic” – Why Knot Fix It?

In this video from 2009, Charles Moore walks the audience through his history and work cleaning up plastic from oceans and beaches. He says our pollution problems began with the industry push for “throwaways” shortly after World War II, which were advertised to liberate the housewife and provide more free time away from washing dishes. The problem with this throwaway culture is that plastics simply do not and cannot biodegrade, so there is no true way to get rid of them. Here are some of the important points Moore makes:

  • First, an update to his statistics: In 2017, it was discovered that only nine percent of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic we used had been recycled, or as Moore said, “diddly-point-squat.” 
  • The fact is, plastic has a low melting point and cannot be purified, and with the sheer weight of numbers of different types of plastic and their uses, each piece needs to be treated differently. Only two of seven categories of plastic are considered recyclable in most of the world. 
  • Every five minutes, the United States uses two million plastic beverage bottles. Plastic caps are made in different factories than plastic bottles and are made of an entirely different type of plastic called “polypropylene,” which is not recyclable. These caps float in water and spread pollution, killing wildlife that likely mistakes them for food. Albatross alone are estimated to feed their chicks five tons of plastic per year

With the constant addition of so much plastic, it’s understandable to see Moore end his talk by saying that the market can’t fix the system, and that, “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never gather up all the plastic and put the ocean back together again.” But we disagree with his closing sentiment that stopping plastic at its source is hopeless. Why knot change the market?

Humans created the market. And only humans make waste that nature doesn’t digest. However, we here at Knot Plastic™️ have made a product that microorganisms love. Our injection molding capabilities can easily replace the caps on current beverage containers. We have award-winning products that are certified as Biobased by the USDA and composter-approved by the Compost Manufacturing Alliance.

Our mission is to make a positive impact on our global community and the packaging industry by reducing hypocrisy and offering real, safe, plant-based solutions. Our Knot Plastic™️ alternatives to the throwaway, single-use plastics of the past will help to maintain your current lifestyle while making room for the world to recover. Too often, people get overwhelmed by the numbers and think, “why care?” but we’d like to challenge that and say, “why knot?” – reach out, and we can work with you to make your world Knot Plastic™️ today.

Written by: Ry Russell and Freelance Writer Afton Kelly.

“The Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution” – Why Knot Eliminate It?

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. 

Written by: Ry Russell and Freelance Writer Afton Kelly.

“The Economic Injustice of Plastic” – Why Knot Change It?

In this video, Van Jones discusses what he calls the economic injustice of plastic. When we trash the planet, we also trash the people. He argues that too often, the focus on the negative impacts of plastic go directly to nature, when in fact, plastic negatively effects the people of this world, too. But where, when, and how? Jones answers: the point of production, the point of use, and the point of disposal:

  • At the point of production, harmful fumes can travel and effect vast areas of the surrounding environment. It’s common knowledge that people in lower income brackets tend to live in unsafe conditions; “Cancer Alley” in Louisiana, for instance, is an industrial behemoth that exposes those living in the area to harmful fumes as petroleum is treated and turned into plastic products. Health officials nearby estimate that one in ten people have died of cancer. These fumes actually kill people.
  • At the point of use, studies done by Harvard University have found that chemicals in plastic can leech out into the food and beverages we consume. Some of these chemicals have been linked to health problems such as metabolic disorders, obesity, and reduced fertility.
  • At the point of disposal, our recycled plastic is usually shipped overseas to developing countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, which receive 70% of the world’s plastic. This is dangerous because “recycling of plastic in many developing countries means the incineration of plastic,” Jones explains. Those countries do not have the resources or technology to handle proper recycling. The noxious fumes from this incineration are then sent directly into the air, damaging ecosystems and the lungs of those citizens.

So why does this continue to happen? We know that, frankly, plastic is popular because it is cheap. The availability and cost-effectiveness of plastic, therefore, has created a negative feedback loop of economic dependence worldwide. We here at Knot Plastic want to emphasize the dangers Jones highlights. This video points directly to the reason we must find a plant-based solution that is cost-effective. Buyers and businesses will always look at and prioritize price points because, at the end of the day, businesses need to make profits in order to be successful. It’s the people, the consumers, who want to find a change that is better for the earth. The supply chain must be willing to be as efficient as possible in looking at ethical alternatives: plant-based packaging that is bio-degradable, easily accessible, and cost-effective. 

When those fumes are produced in Asia, they travel right back to the United States: ultimately, we are one planet. By thinking deeply about the changes we can make, we can spread love and make positive change worldwide. Too often, the media’s lens on plastic only focuses on one issue; cleaning up oil spills, rescuing wildlife, protecting one city from fumes by changing the location of production. They make it seem as though you must pick one cause. But at Knot Plastic™️, we want to challenge this narrative, because we have the power to eliminate all of these problems while ensuring our products are just as durable and accessible as plastic. These issues are all interlocked. We don’t have to pick. So why knot?

Written by: Ry Russell and Freelance Writer Afton Kelly.