As a company who offers Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for a living, as you can probably imagine, we care a great deal about the environment. It just makes sense then that we would celebrate when there’s a big win for the environment.
If you’ve been following the news at all lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about what’s going on in Chile, but if not, then today’s post is for you. Keep reading to learn more!
What’s the Deal With Plastic Bags?
Let’s start out with some pretty staggering statistics. In the United States alone, we use around 100 billion plastic bags on a yearly basis, and as you may have heard, these plastic bags can take a thousand years to degrade fully. Hopefully you are recycling the plastic bags that you get each week from the grocery store or you local shopping center–or better yet, you are using reusable bags–or using their paper counterparts whenever possible.
Although they’re a party of our daily lives, the truth of the matter is that they are also a threat to our environment. As a matter of fact, according to the team at Ocean Crusaders, “It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.” They go on to note that that number “translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth,” in terms of how many bags are being produced. Sadly, when bags don’t end up in landfills, they often end up in the ocean.
Chile to Ban All Plastic Bags
That’s why Chile’s recent announcement that they would begin to ban plastic bags comes as a bit of pleasant surprise. According to The Denver Channel, “The nationwide ban will go into effect for major retailers within months, while smaller businesses have two years to comply.” Chile is following Rwanda, Kenya, and Bangladesh to help solve the problem of plastic bags.
Will the United States follow suit? It’s hard to say exactly what the future holds, but we can all do right now is to reduce the use of plastic bags as much as possible by making conscious decisions about the little things. Big change starts on an individual level, so do some research about how you can make a difference in your neck of the woods.
Are You In Need of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in Northern California?
At Nelson Enviro, we are a family-owned and operated business and we’d love nothing more than to provide you with a Phase I ESA. We get our hands dirty so you don’t have to. In other words, we’ll take a deep look into how the land you are considering purchasing has been used in the past. After all, you might not want to build your future home on land that was used as a gas station in the 80s.
If you’re in need of a site assessment report, we specialize in environmental consulting, so contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!