Ocean plastic is consistently hitting the headlines as a key issue in our global plastics crisis. Once there it is causing devastating damage to the marine environment and creating a soup of toxic microplastics. It is also harming humanity and other land animals as it is getting into our food chain through fish we eat.
Reduce-reuse-recycle is more than just a catchy mantra, rather it can form the basis of an effective strategy for avoiding plastic waste. For businesses of all sizes, avoiding unnecessary plastics consumption and switching to reusable materials is an important step when working towards an environmentally friendly future.
The Belgian mineral water bottling plant Chaudfontaine has obtained the platinum certificate for sustainable water management from the worldwide Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).
The certificate for sustainable water management is something that can be achieved worldwide.
Achmed Boumrah, director of the mineral water bottling plant in Chaudfontaine, said: “Protecting our resources and actively collaborating with stakeholders on water management are top priorities. We are therefore very proud that our efforts and the 590 measures we have taken in recent years are now also officially recognized,”.
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Since the BBC aired Blue Planet 2 in 2017, the conversation around the use of plastics has continued to hit the headlines with increasing regularity and is of growing concern to consumers and governments alike. The UN Environment Programme estimates that plastics constitute “as much as 95 percent of the marine litter found on coastlines, the sea surface, and the ocean floor”. And when it comes to plastics it is packaging which is the biggest culprit, with the UK alone producing over 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging every year. Given the gravity of the global plastics crisis, businesses can no longer assume that unsubstantiated claims, pledges, or pacts around their use of plastic will be enough to secure the public’s trust in their brand. Now more than ever they need to prove the ways in which they are cutting the use of plastic and adopting alternative, compostable, materials through a robust certification process.