“Excuse me, there’s plastic in my fish.”
CRAP PLASTIC: using plastic for single use applications
Samantha Sommer, the Waste Prevention Program Manager at Rethink Disposable, informed us that the best action step is to “Stop waste before it starts.” Source reduction is the key to making a meaningful impact on the issue of food packaging waste. Samantha also stressed the practice of working with businesses and educating business owners to cultivate change. Shifting public perception of disposable plastics and packaging will ultimately shift policy change. What we need is a true cost accounting of single-use plastics.
Crystal Sanders, Founder of Fish Revolution and co-creator of Seafood Stories, highlighted the necessity of shorter links in the food supply chain. There are currently too many steps between boat and plate in the food supply chain. Crystal noted that people’s relationship with the sea is found at the dinner table, and only when people become familiarized with where their seafood comes from will change occur. Fish Revolution works to make written commitments for businesses, where fisherman and chef and therefore, consumers know where their fish comes from. Crystal shared that recycling isn’t enough and that she educates business owners on the concept of removing disposable plastics from their businesses as the most effective move towards sustainability.
Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, spoke of a problem challenge opportunity, an amazing moment for innovation, alternatives, solutions, innovation, and job creation in the sustainability sphere. The goal is a zero-waste movement, where people make smart packaging and seafood choices rather than having to swear off all fish. Source reduction, education, and consumer pressure, and EPR. (Extended Producer Responsibility) are the most important action steps in the zero-waste movement, with social media acting as a powerful tool to share knowledge. What we need is a circular economy mindset, waste to energy which is waste-free, with smart seafood choices and smarter packaging options and choices.
“This is an amazing moment for innovation, alternatives, solutions, and job creation in the sustainable sphere”
Written by Alicia Smith