Climate and Plastic
What's the deal?
Planet Plastic. That is the direction we’re heading towards. Whether we’re aware of it or not, plastics have become an undeniable integral part of our daily lives. It has also contributed to the acceleration of climate change.
Each stage of a plastic’s life cycle emits greenhouse gases, not only post-consumption, but also from production.
Plastic Consumption & Production
In 2020, we produced plastics that are almost equal to the weight of the entire human population. These plastics are made of natural materials - natural gas and crude oil - through energy-intensive processes which generate 400 million tons of greenhouse gases emissions every year.
The plastics will also release greenhouse gases - methane and ethylene - after being exposed to the sunlight.
“By 2050, plastic production and incineration could emit 2.8 gigatons of CO2 per year - which is equivalent to the emission of 340,599,410,087,613 smartphone charged ”
Global Plastic Production
Annual global polymer resin and fiber production (plastic production), measured in metric tonnes per year.
Plastic & Our Oceans
You probably think that because you live in a city, your plastic waste is far enough from the coastlines that it won’t end up in our oceans. However, approximately 8 million pieces of plastic end up in the ocean every single day, in which 80% of marine debris tangles or is ingested by marine species that ultimately leads to their injury or death.
1 million seabirds and 100.000 marine animals die annually, and all baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
The corals are also threatened since the plastic debris causes damage to coral tissue and promotes infection risk. Out of 12.400 reef-building corals that were assessed, 89% were facing the threat of disease due to smothered in plastic, and only 4% of them are free from plastic
“Therefore, handling plastic issue is one way to conserve blue carbon ecosystem”
Our Solution: Adding One Sustainable Development Goal
We empower our coastal community by providing them work and training to help them economically and personally
We are decelerating the climate crisis through climate education and blue carbon ecosystem conservation.
We have been focusing on conserving corals which are essentials to guarantee coastal protection and marine conservation
We have partnered with government organizations, NGOs, private sectors, small businesses, and research institutions.
We create alternatives to plastic, reducing the production of plastic at the beginning stage, and we also focus on plastic education.
While we have previously focused on 4 Goal Sectors, we have decided to add Goal 12 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: Responsible Consumption and Production into our portfolio.
CarbonEthics is taking part by creating alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing plastic production at its inception stage, while also educating people on the impact of single-use plastic pollution.
"CarbonEthics aims to create more impacts to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030"