China plans to ban all single-use plastics by 2020

Starting off the year strong, China plans to remove all non-biodegradable bags in its major cities by the end of 2020. They state by 2022 all cities and towns will be using biodegradable bags.

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That is not the only thing China has on its mind, by the end of 2020 China also plans to remove all single-use plastic straws inside the restaurant industry.

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Being the number 1 ranked population-dense country in the world has its fair share of waste. Not only is China the most populated country, but they are also the world’s manufacturers. Which means China has plenty of product waste.

How is China dealing with this problem besides removing non-biodegradable plastic bags and straws?

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Dealing with garbage is changing our world. People recently have invented ways to get rid of garbage altogether. They are turning trash into gasoline or even powering a town by burning garbage!

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China, however, is doing other things. One is telling hotels to stop using single-use plastics items. The hotels are given until 2025. Okay, so besides the information stated above, China isn’t really doing anything. Starting is always better than never.

So here is to a good start! Banning single-use nonbiodegradable bags in major cities by 2020! China, thank you, for putting a national cease to the use of dangerous everyday plastics.

If you didn’t know why they are dangerous, just look at these photos.

Source: No Platic Oceans
Source: One Green Planet
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Igloo Creates a Biodegradable Cooler.

Famous cooler company Igloo designed a cooler completely made out of biodegradable material. Called the Recool, this cooler begins to decompose within 3 months. A lot shorter time frame than styrofoam: 500,000 years. That is just an average.

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Money flows whether we care about the environment or not. Who knows where all the styrofoam containers are around the world being disposed of. Maybe they are in the ocean floating or on a beach baking.

The environmental conditions of the styrofoam change how long it takes to biodegrade. More sun with a little water causes it to break down faster, while more water and less sun cause it to stay formed. Either way, it’s far cheaper to know where it is than have to find it later.

photo credit: Igloo/photographer Morgan Rindengan

Recool by Igloo makes that possible. You decided where you dump it. If you want it will be in the backyard. Your Recool purchase would be feeding your environment rather than killing species with styrofoam. Teams will have fewer days of working on the oceans to keep it clean & can focus on other jobs and tasks that the employees care about. Money is saved and used towards other things, some as small as providing nutrients to your garden.

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Biodegradable materials have a shorter shelf life than hard plastics so the reuse on this is not the same as a regular Igloo. If you want to care for your Igloo, keep this purchase for practically ever, buy a regular Igloo. All of their products are reusable, besides their Recool decomposable coolers. You can use the Recool for a while. Air-dry and make sure not to leave water in for more than five days. After 5 days the water retention might break so air drying most likely won’t make it waterproof anymore.

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