With Craig Leeson, and Mariana Soto from Plastic Oceans Mexico, I attended the Single -Use Plastics, A Challenge for Everyone conference organized by the Columbia Attorney General´s office on Wednesday, April 3, in Santa Marta.
Major Goals Set to be Met by 2025
The plastic pollution problem is a global issue that transcends countries, governments, industries, neighborhoods and levels of development. Currently most of everyone’s focus goes to changing consumer behavior and policy change, but companies have their share of responsibilities as well. There is so much they can do to reduce, reuse, innovate, communicate and in general make an effort to avoid single-use plastics to also make sure plastic doesn’t end up in our environment.
Today’s guest blog is from Héctor Loyola, co-founder of Qactus and communications director.
Qactus is a company that merges two worlds as never before: plastic waste and 3D printing technology.
3D printing came to shake up the way things are produced and bought, since it allows to manufacture objects locally, in a customized way and at low costs. Its 25% annual growth indicates that it will be one of the main technologies in the near future and an important source of opportunities for industries as distant as health, fashion or food.
Together We Are Stronger
What do we do when someone tells us something we believed to be true is false?
That’s where we find ourselves now with our relationship with plastic. Plastic is great because we thought it made our lives easier, affordable, healthier…. and it just disappeared. Unfortunately, our plastic waste does not disappear. It doesn’t return to the earth in a neutral form – it only continues to pollute our water sources and soil like a disease.