Working together to “break up” with plastic pollution
Author: Elizabeth Disanto
Single-use plastic packaging, including food wrappers is a major source of pollution, accounting for 40% of our total plastic production. No doubt, governments are taking action. More than 150 countries recently took first steps toward a global treaty to reduce plastic waste as part of the 5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. This effort sets the stage for a legally binding agreement that covers the entire life cycle of plastic - from extraction and production to disposal. That’s why a week of action calling on Whole Foods Market to “break up” with single-use plastic packaging this past Valentine’s Day 2022. It’s clear that Whole Foods patrons expect the company to uphold high environmental standards and to take the lead on environmental protection – as they’ve done in the past. Plastic pollution will continue to pose a threat to the health of humans, wildlife and our natural spaces.