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    Plastic Freedom - Introduction

    Plastic Freedom represents a visionary concept and a global movement aimed at tackling one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time: plastic pollution. As plastic consumption continues to rise worldwide, the adverse impacts on ecosystems, wildlife, and human health have become increasingly evident. The concept of plastic freedom endeavours to liberate our planet from the clutches of plastic waste by promoting sustainable alternatives, responsible consumption, and heightened environmental consciousness. This Knowledge Base Page highlights the importance of collective action to secure a cleaner, healthier world and our own contribution to plastic freedom.

    FelinFach - Sustainability and Plastic Free Products and Packaging

    Find out more on our Climate Commitments including plastic freedom, plastic free products and packaging, click here... Our three priority aims are as follows.

    Sustainability - Carbon zero emissions on all our deliveries and shipping

    Working with Shopify Planet, all our shipping emissions are automatically calculated and are reduced to ZERO with appropriate carbon offsets. Our contributions fund cutting-edge carbon removal projects that have the potential to reverse climate change.

     

    Sustainability - Biodegradable plastic free packaging from sustainable sources

    All of our packaging, parcel boxes and protective materials are recyclable or biodegradable and are 99.9% PLASTIC FREE

     

     

    Sustainability - Biodegradable plastic free packaging

    We believe that over 99.9% of our products do not contain any plastic at all. As a matter of policy, we do not offer plastic products for sale. Our packaging and our products are over 99.9% plastic free. We believe that we are close to "Plastic Freedom". 

     

    Plastic Freedom -
    Image courtesy of Plastic Free July, for more info click here...

     

    Understanding Plastic Pollution

    Plastic pollution is an escalating environmental crisis driven by the proliferation of single-use plastics, inadequate waste management systems, and the persistent nature of plastic materials. The manufacturing, use, and disposal of plastics have led to a cascade of negative effects, including:

    1. Marine Pollution: Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the oceans annually, devastating marine ecosystems. Sea creatures, from the tiniest plankton to majestic marine mammals, suffer from ingestion, entanglement, and habitat degradation due to plastic debris.
    2. Land Pollution: Plastic waste mars landscapes and clogs waterways, contaminating soil and freshwater sources. The breakdown of plastic into microplastics further complicates matters as they infiltrate food chains and pose health risks to both wildlife and humans.
    3. Climate Impact: The production and incineration of plastics release greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Additionally, plastic decomposition in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
    4. Health Risks: Microplastics have been detected in food, water, and even the air we breathe. These particles may have long-term health consequences, though the full extent is still under study.

    The Beginnings of Plastic Freedom

    The Plastic Freedom movement emerged in response to the alarming environmental degradation caused by plastic pollution. It was founded on the principles of raising awareness, promoting responsible consumption, and encouraging the adoption of sustainable practices to minimize plastic waste. The movement aims to empower individuals, businesses, and governments to work collectively toward a plastic-free future. 

    Key Components of Plastic Freedom

    1. Education and Awareness: A cornerstone of Plastic Freedom is educating the public about the consequences of plastic pollution. Raising awareness through campaigns, documentaries, and school programs helps inspire behavioural changes and informed decision-making.
    2. Plastic Alternatives: Plastic Freedom promotes the development and use of eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics, such as compostable packaging, biodegradable materials, and reusable products like cloth bags and stainless-steel containers.
    3. Waste Management: Improving waste management systems is vital to preventing plastic from entering our oceans and landfills. Initiatives like recycling, waste-to-energy conversion, and plastic waste collection in coastal areas are essential in this regard.
    4. Innovation and Technology: Embracing innovation and sustainable technology fosters creative solutions to plastic pollution. From plastic-eating enzymes to marine debris-collecting drones, technological advancements play a crucial role in the fight against plastic waste.
    5. Corporate Responsibility: Businesses and industries have a significant impact on plastic usage and waste. Plastic Freedom encourages corporate responsibility through the adoption of sustainable practices, product redesign, and extended producer responsibility.
    6. Legislation and Policy: Government intervention is indispensable to achieve Plastic Freedom. Enforcing bans on single-use plastics, implementing extended producer responsibility laws, and incentivizing sustainable practices are essential steps toward a plastic-free society. 

    Individual Actions for Plastic Freedom

    While global efforts are crucial, individuals and businesses also play a pivotal role in achieving Plastic Freedom. Some practical steps can take include:

    1. Reduce Single-Use Plastics: Choose reusable water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers to minimise single-use plastic consumption.
    2. Choose Sustainable Products: Support businesses that offer eco-friendly alternatives and package products in environmentally responsible materials.
    3. Proper Waste Disposal: Ensure proper waste segregation and recycling of plastic waste, preventing it from reaching the oceans.
    4. Support Plastic-Free Initiatives: Engage with local communities and organizations working to reduce plastic pollution, supporting beach clean-ups and other conservation efforts.
    5. Participate and support the Plastic Free July movement.

    Plastic Free July

    Plastic Free July¬ģ¬†is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? - Click here for more info...

    Conclusion

    Plastic Freedom embodies a vision of a cleaner, more sustainable future where plastic pollution is a thing of the past. By fostering awareness, embracing innovation, and advocating responsible consumption, we can collectively work toward a plastic-free world. The movement's success lies in the hands of individuals, businesses, and governments coming together with a shared commitment to preserving our planet for generations to come. Let us seize the opportunity to embrace Plastic Freedom and ensure a healthier, greener, and plastic-free planet for all.

    About FelinFach

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    Located in Pembrokeshire Wales, our ethos is defined in the three words...

    NATURAL TRADITIONAL HANDMADE.

    We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Red Dragon America.

     

    Last update 24th July 2023

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