Plastic Free July – Rethinking Plastics Use

Zhenyi Lee • 13/07/2021
The history of plastic dates back to 1862. Plastic is proven to be useful in many ways and is still one of human’s best inventions. It has become a normalized part of daily life, that it takes a conscientious effort to try to use less of it. 

More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then tossed. 

Each time we bin a piece of plastic, our actions contribute to inherent issues that are often too vast for us to comprehend. It takes an estimated 450 years, to break down a plastic bottle. This means nearly every piece of plastic made, still exists today in some form. 

Demand for plastics is expected to grow over the next few decades, for good reasons which help support safety, convenience, and improved living standards. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, single-use plastics have assumed a conflicting identity - Protect or Pollute. There are no quick fixes, but it helps to know that small changes add up to a big difference. 

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. There isn’t an age too young, or old to start. It is about taking the first baby step and working at a comfortable pace that suits and sustains. 

The People-Plastic-Planet relationship is here to stay, at least for a long while. Let’s rethink our priorities, sensibly and responsibly. The facts are right before our eyes. 

Related Insights

building at a time (image)
Article • Sustainability

Battling Climate Change One Building at a Time

The phrase “build back better” was used to describe the efforts by governments around world to rebuild and position the economy for recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe this should also be the approach towards achieving a more sustainable environment and addressing climate change.

Natalie Craig • 13/09/2021
Evolving FM through COVID-19
Insights • Facilities Managment

Evolving FM through COVID-19

As the world recovers from COVID-19 with a potential resurgence in infections due to variant strains, Facilities Management, like many other businesses, face an urgent need to transform internally to meet increasing challenges and adapting to changes in how the built environment is being utilized.
Ivan Foo • 12/05/2021
Research • Data Center

APAC Data Centre Update

Remarkable growth across the greater Asia-Pacific region has continued in recent months, as large corporations and government agencies alike push forward their moves to the cloud and continued IT transformation.
Kevin Imboden • 28/04/2021