Plastic Pollution: There is no Planet B

Plastic Pollution: There is no Planet B

World Environment Day, a day the United Nations has dedicated to “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment”, is celebrated every year on June 5th. This year, the focus is on beating plastic pollution.

Indonesia, where we source much of our raw material, is just one of the many areas on the planet which is on its way to being spoilt by the devastating impact of plastic pollution. Unless we dramatically minimise the amount of plastic waste we throw away each day all over the world, Indonesia and other beautiful places are in critical danger of being spoilt beyond repair.

Once beautiful, pristine coasts are now filled with plastic waste. But it is not just the eyesore that is the problem, but the effect that plastic waste is having on marine life. Millions of marine animals are killed each year from issues that stem from plastic pollution and almost 700 species are known to be affected by it.

Although plastic wasn’t invented until the late nineteenth century, in this short time we now have 9.2 billion tonnes of it in circulation. Of this, a staggering 6.9 billion tonnes has become waste, much of which has ended up in our oceans and on our beaches.

Unlike climate change, the issue of plastic pollution is not one that we do not know how to address. Through recycling, the effects of plastic pollution can be markedly reduced. Experts believe that of the 6.9 billion tonnes of waste plastic littering our coastlines and oceans, over 90% could have been recycled…

At The Origins Galeria we are passionate about recycling and repurposing to create beautiful and unique pieces that will last a lifetime. Sustainability is at the heart of what we stand for. Every piece of our furniture is made from sustainably sourced materials such as natural deadfall and repurposed scrapwood.

We are proud to be pioneers of quality sustainable manufacturing, and are committed to making quality goods which support reusing and recycling, and give our buyers the opportunity to avoid buying into the destructive, disposable culture that has become all too familiar. We invite you to share our ethos. After all, there is no planet B.


Written by Lucy Mcdonald