IT'S TIME TO ACT!
Our future depends on our actions together
Humanity has demonstrated remarkable creativity and genius with a multitude of innovations for a more prosperous and convenient world in which to live.
However, all too often the technologies and breakthroughs have fallen short over the longer-term. Setbacks and damage to our health and environment have occurred as dramatic, negative side-effects of progress.
Plastic is a good example… its durability and many other features may help humanity significantly, however, plastic has also created the massive challenge we face today of widespread, devastating plastic pollution.
What is the nature and extent of plastic pollution?
“Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, or humans.” ~ Wikipedia
This plastic pollution is not "far away" from us. Plastic in the environment has become an immediate and present danger to us. Let's look at the numbers:
Why is plastic harmful to your health and also to the earth?
Plastic pollution can afflict land, waterways and oceans. Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects or problems related to ingestion of plastic waste or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology.
Humans are also affected by plastic pollution, such as through the disruption of various hormonal mechanisms. Microplastics in the environment and the food chain are now begin found to have widespread negative effects on health.
Our plastic ocean
The United Nations have produced this short film to explain how plastic has become both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet.
Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most are never recycled and remain on our land and in our seas forever. This story shows the damage to all creatures who depend on the ocean for their food – from birds… to us.
The healthcare dilemma
Within our medical and healthcare industry, the agony is while we are trying to fix human health problems, we are actually creating more problems for our own generation and future generations.
For infection control purposes, more and more items become plastic and disposable, but when we dispose of more single-use plastic ware, we are actually creating more health risks for the environment and ourselves.
COVID-19 pandemic causes a dramatic increase in plastic pollution
Plastic pollution has become an even more severe threat to natural ecosystems and human health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A review and report in Science Direct predicts a twofold increase in the number of plastic debris (including micro and nano-sized plastics) by 2030. However, these predictions will likely be aggravated by the excessive use and consumption of single-use plastics (including personal protective equipment, PPE such as masks and gloves) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Creating a greener, healthier future for all
As the pioneer of biodegradable Medical Hollowware, EcoAid is dedicated to being an important contributor to solve these challenges facing our community and our environment. We are committed to reducing the negative impacts of plastics on our environment and our health.
The EcoAid vision is to support a sustainable future where all single-use and disposable medical plasticware are replaced by biodegradable and environmentally-friendly materials. Our mission is to create a greener future for all our community and for generations to come.