The plastic problem - and what Ting is doing about it

Plastic is the one of the world’s biggest environmental problems, but at Ting, we are trying to do something about it.

We all know there are some people who want to deny that climate change is taking place, despite the firm evidence that it is. But you’ll find it much harder to find anyone who doesn’t agree that plastic is a problem.

British TV viewers will have seen this on the Planet Earth series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, which highlighted what a problem exists in the world’s oceans. From dead birds washed up on the shore with a stomach full of discarded plastic items to a turtle with a straw stuck up its nose, animals are suffering from human carelessness. Apart from one species of moth larvae, no creature can digest it.

Ultimately, it will come back to us. As tiny particles of plastic get into the environment, they end up in the air, in plants and in fish. What we discard today will eventually end up on your plate.

Where the problem comes from

It is true that plastic waste is not just a problem of the developed world. Indeed, in some parts of the world the issue is particularly acute because single-use plastic is commonplace, recycling facilities are almost nonexistent and environmental standards are often low.

However, that does not mean people in developed countries can just point the finger at others. Wealthier nations produce more plastic and you only have to walk down the street to see how much of it is simply thrown on the ground or on regular bins instead of being recycled.

Moreover, even recycling is not a panacea: plastic can only be recycled three times, the last of these manifestations usually being a traffic cone - and we all know how many of them end up dumped in rivers and canals.

Of course, there are international organisations such as Plastic Oceans working hard on the problem, but we believe the best way to support them is not to use plastic at all.

Simple alternatives to plastic

Our thinking on the plastic issue is simple: We can almost always do without it and for most of human history we did. Just think about the kind of things we see made of plastic now that could be made from something else:

  • Plastic bottles: Why not glass?

  • Plastic bags: Why not paper?

  • Plastic boxes: Why not cardboard?

While governments such as the UK have set out to curb single use plastic, we have long believed we should play our own part. We ae not waiting for legislation or regulation. We have reduced plastic use at our own UK premises and we simply will not use it in packaging.

That is why when you buy a product from us, it will be packed in cardboard or paper, with tissue rather than bubble wrap as padding.

It’s good for you, good for us, and ultimately good for our planet.

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