World Environment Day 2018
This year’s theme is “beating plastic pollution,” which has settled into the spotlight for many conservation channels, repeatedly, as the biggest opportunity for communities worldwide. Plastics make up 10 percent of all our waste. This year alone, manufacturers will produce an estimated 360 million metric tonnes of plastic, and 13 million metric tonnes leak into the ocean each year. [Source]
The host for World Environment Day 2018 is India. “The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them.” As the country with the second highest population in the world, they produce a lot of plastic pollution. Today Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, announced India’s ambitious goal “to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.” [Source]
Eurofins and contaminant testing
Eurofins Environment Testing finds this year’s theme especially fitting, as troublesome and pervasive per- and polyfluorinated compounds can be applied to many plastic products, as well as many other products, to increase their stain, water, and grease resistance. These contaminants bioaccumulate in soil and water, which then can find their way into human consumption. Single-use food packaging is a significant offender to both plastic pollution and PFAS contamination.
Marine animals killed by plastics each year
years for plastic to degrade in the environment
of bottled water is found to contain plastic particles
of tap water found to contain plastic particles
Source: World Environment Day Media Kit
'If you can’t reuse it, refuse it'
The World Environment Day website outlines dozens of sustainable ways to help you reduce plastic pollution, and have launched social campaigns for people to organize community cleanups. We suggest visiting their website for a comprehensive guide to #beatingplasticpollution. Your first steps could include:
- Pressuring food suppliers to use non-plastic packaging
- Bringing your own shopping bags to the supermarket
- Refuse plastic cutlery and straws
- Pick up any plastic you see when you’re out walking
- Carry a reusable water bottle
- Tell your local officials that you support a ban on single-use plastic bags
Eurofins Environment Testing has been participating in local efforts to sustain and cleanup local communities for many years. Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental is a sponsor of Lancaster Water Week 2018 from June 1-9, and will participate in the Conestoga Cleanup on Saturday, June 9. In 2017, ELLE volunteers helped pull 2 tons (US) of garbage from the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Eurofins Environment Testing continues to advocate that our work is important for everyone. Like the efforts of World Environment Day, environmental analysis and monitoring can have profound effects on human health — whether it starts with water, soil, or air.
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