What Really Happens to The Plastic You Put In Your Recycling Bin?
For decades the U.S. has shipped ⅓ of its recyclable materials to China. However, as of January 1, 2018, China has closed its doors to U.S. imports of recycled materials. This was done because much of the “recyclable materials” we were sending them contained dirty diapers and other non-recyclable items. This caused the U.S. to ship millions of pounds of garbage to third world countries all around the globe. In the first few months after China’s ban on plastic imports, U.S. shipments of plastic to Thailand and Vietnam rose by an unbelievable 1,370 percent. Furthermore, Malaysia reported that they received 435 million pounds of plastic from the U.S. alone. The recycling centers there that had bought U.S. trash in the past were absolutely overwhelmed. Because recycling plastic is such a difficult process, and most of the shipments they received contained undesirable materials, most of this trash ended up being dumped into the environment.
Clearly recycling petroleum plastics comes with many drawbacks. It has proved to be a well-meaning band-aide on a much more serious wound. Thankfully Neptune Plastics has found a way to replace a huge portion of the world’s petroleum plastic production. A world with Neptune Plastic is one where United States’ shopping bags and food packages no longer end up in illegal heaps of garbage in Malaysia. Our plastic decomposes within just an hour of being submerged in water and 10 days of being in the environment. What’s more is that our plastic releases Nitrogen when it decomposes, literally fertilizing the ground instead of polluting it. Additionally, because our plastic is plant based, it is easily digested by wildlife that mistake it for food. Neptune Plastics will bring our environment life instead of death. We envision a world where both the needs of humans and animals are fulfilled. Thanks to Neptune Plastics, mankind can keep every part of our world beautiful for generations to come.