Climate Change and Plastic

Our planet is on fire. The last 15 years have been the hottest years in Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. We are on our way to 80 meter (262 feet) rises in sea level, leaving millions of people as refugees. By now, it’s common knowledge among those that research this, that Earth’s climate is changing because of direct human involvement. However, does plastic play a role in this? How can plastic pollution cause a change in global temperature?

Typically, when we think about the culprits behind climate change, the first things that come to mind are cars, factories or oil fields. While all of these are true, we’re overlooking one of the biggest monsters: single use plastics.

In a given year, plastic production releases 850 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of 190 coal plants running 24/7 for an entire year. When we throw away our plastic, it either will sit in the earth for hundreds of years, or be incinerated in a landfill, both of which produce greenhouse gases.

With our eco-friendly, biodegradable plastic, we completely get rid of this problem. Our plastic is gone in 10 days when buried underground, with no negative environmental impacts. That’s Neptune Plastic.