With a global pandemic of plastic waste killing our oceans, now is the time to take action.
For the last 60 years of human existence, the use of fully synthetic plastics has increased exponentially year on year.
With this growth in use has come an increase in the much maligned (rightly) single use plastics, such as water bottles, wrappers - even baby wipes! These single use plastics, instead of being repurposed or designed for multiple use, have been discarded and directed to the nearest landfill or - even worse still - thrown out of a car window, on the beach or along rivers.
The world is starting to wake up to this attrocity - a global pandemic of naive destruction and environmental collapse. It is as bad as it gets. Cutting out single use plastics is one thing - and we do still depend on plastics - yet there are still a lot of ways this immortal product can be put to better use.
Nature displaced; nurture replaced.
We've been to many corners of the planet and seen this damage in all its many forms: islands in the sea composed entirely of plastic bottles; rivers full of crisp packets where once there were water lilies; innocent marine life struggling to breathe due to carrier bags obstructing their airways.
It is within our nurture to make decisions based on time and cost savings and ease of use. We've been conditioned to believe our life is too short, too expensive and too difficult to make simple choices about the legacy we leave behind.
No living creature can exist without leaving a trace of itself behind. We are the only creature to choose to use something that has the potential to outlast even 100 generations after us.
Our call to action - what we can all do.
It really is mankind's duty to make better informed decisions by reusing where we can, recycling where we can't and reducing any waste left over that we would send to landfill.
When you send something plastic to landfill, it will remain there for millenia, poisoning, smothering and sometimes leaching the soil around it. That land is dead for millenia, for the 10 seconds it has saved you. When you send something plastic to a recycling scheme, it can be sorted, ground up and turned into something useful again.
Recycled plastic also means that no additional oil is required to produce virgin plastic, which in turn means less energy is used in its creation - cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
We buy this recycled plastic, process it and convert it into beautiful landscape gardening products. Last year, thanks to all our customers, we redirected over 70 tonnes of plastic from landfill - this year we have already redirected 140 tonnes in the first quarter alone and we're continuing to invest in designing new products made from 100% recycled plastic.
With your help, we can tackle the global plastic pollution pandemic together.
If you could fix one problem that you face everyday with recycled plastic, what would it be and why?