Today, life without plastic is almost impossible to imagine. And yet, the devastating impact of plastic on the environment is a secret to no one.
Firstly, the manufacturing of plastic uses finite natural resources that are depleting rapidly.
Secondly, in the process of manufacturing plastics, large amounts of harmful emissions are released in the atmosphere. They intensify the greenhouse effect, which, in turn, is responsible for global climate change. Unless mitigated, it threatens the world with an ecological catastrophe.
Finally, plastics cause immense problems for waste management, because plastic objects (which often have shockingly short useful life spans, e.g. plastic cups and plates) will not decompose for hundreds of years, piling up in huge mountains in landfills.
Sounds grim? But there is good news, too! We can stand up for a clean and healthy environment by choosing products made out of or packed in bio-degradable plastics.
In order to inform society, as well as provide a space for communication and exchange of opinions, “homo ecos:” organized the conference Bioplastics – latest tendencies in Europe in 2011. The conference was visited both by people who were relatively new to field, and by people who were already familiar with the benefits of bio-degradable plastics, already manufacturing and retailing it, or else educating the society about its usefulness. (More info in Latvian)
Since 2011, “homo ecos:” acted as judge in the competition for the best packaging in Latvia, organized by the Latvia Packaging Association. “homo ecos:” especially distinguished packaging made from environmentally friendly, durable or reusable materials. In 2014, the “homo ecos:” Award for the Greenest Packaging was shared between “Munio Home” for their cotton bags and “55 Marītes” for their herbal tea packaging.