Let's balance out
Toys and plastic waste
29-10-2020 • Eco • by Ludovica Luvi F
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

A new research has shown that the UK and the US produce more plastic waste per person than any other major country.
One of the study authors has said that "The US is 4% of the world's population, yet it produces 17% of its plastic waste."

Moreover, the US is third in the world ranking of countries contributing to plastic pollution. Even though a previous research showed that it was Asian countries to be dominant in sea plastic pollution, that investigation did not consider the amount of waste the US exports or dumps illegally in the countries. "A country's contribution to plastic pollution does not stop at its border."
GOOD NEWS

A lot of toy companies are becoming more eco-friendly, specifically to tackle, among others, the plastic waste issue you can read about just a few lines above.

For example the company Uno, the card game that makes you lose half of your friends with a +4, has produced a 100% recyclable deck of cards, and it's also removing cellophane from its packaging.

Another example is Lego, who's planning to use recyclable paper for the packaging and it has also been working to find an alternative to plastic that can be used to produce the block themselves.

Now that Christmas is coming, a lot of people are going to order toys for their children, so a huge toy sale is expected.

Illustration by Gabriela