I envision a world free of disposable plastic and a circular economy in which the recycling of compostable materials are more readily adopted.
Values associated with this vision would be leading with care for all living things on our planet to ensure its futurity and the willingness to invest in change whether that be monetary or through action.
The reformation of production and recycling systems is imperative to the sustainability of plastics. The allocation of funds and resources is necessary to improve the current system in place for plastic design and recycling to foster a more circular economy. An intervention for this proposed vision would be to work towards the banning of single use plastics that aren’t compostable with measures in place to protect businesses. This will hold private enterprises and industries more accountable for the negative impact that disposable plastics have on our landfills and environment. However, this may not be universally feasible and will require gradual implementation. For example, if there were a uniform set of plastics that were collected by passing strong laws requiring extended producer responsibility, the sustainability of this system would be greatly increased. As a result, improving the system which is lacking on a product and recycling design front will provide a more long-term viable, equitable, and bearable solution for all. At a smaller scale, a step in this direction could be for grocery stores to implement plastic free aisles to promote consumers to make better packaging choices.