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187 Countries Just Took 'Crucial' Step to Stop Rich Nations From Treating Global South as Dumping Ground for Plastic Waste

187 Countries Just Took 'Crucial' Step to Stop Rich Nations From Treating Global South as Dumping Ground for Plastic Waste

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

In what campaigners called "a major first step to stem the tide of plastic waste now flowing from the rich developed countries to developing countries in Africa and Asia," 187 countries reached a deal Friday to add restrictions on plastics to a key United Nations treaty.

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One nation declined to sign up to this treaty…have a guess which one country that was.

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Things are looking up.

Er, er, i give up.

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Petroleum based products are used in just about everything. If we know the water from plastic bottles can be harmful and cause a irreparable damage to our Oceans wildlife and landfills, Why the hell is this industry still on the rise year after year? Certainly, water can bottled in a better way. But, Do we really care? Nope! We are as bad as they are!

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Lest we forget this from The Graduate (1967):

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This one.

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Yeah, don’t mess with OUR wasteful, polluting industries.

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Well we are special, don’t you know.

“Recycling will not be enough, however,” [said Von Hernandez, global coordinator of the Break Free from Plastic movement]. “Ultimately, production of plastics has to be significantly curtailed to effectively resolve the plastic pollution crisis.”

No shit, Sherlock! Seriously. I’m sure I’m far from the only person who has been saying something increasingly resembling that for 20-40 years. And for 20-40 years the only response has been a faint echo from the other side of a wide, deep valley. But now the ball is rolling, and our task within the inconceivably vast mission–should we decide to accept it–is to keep that ball rolling.

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Some states have banned plastic straws, single-use plastic.
Individually wrapped stuff has to go. And what about deceptive packaging??? Why in the world do they put a little tube of toothpaste, a third air and a third flat, in a giant cardboard box???
Why use giant pill bottles only a quarter full?

It was those dastardly Russians wasn’t it?

And just how are these restrictions to be enforced — especially considering that the world’s worst polluter by far, the United States, is not a signatory to this agreement?

Perhaps this sounds trite, but if many of us who see the problem write to companies that use single use plastics, some changes might happen. For example eggs used to be sold in paper containers, now the industry has converted to double plastic containers which they say, "keep the eggs fresh longer. Mushrooms used to be sold in cardboard boats, why are they now encased in plastic? These may seem like small examples but what they do signify is an increase in single use plastics instead of decrease. Write on their facebooks pages or e-mail.