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This 5 June we celebrate World Environment Day, a special occasion to reflect on our role in protecting and conserving our natural environment. This time, the focus is on a pressing issue: the plastics crisis.

The plastic footprint has become a growing concern due to its devastating impact on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. It is estimated that each year, more than 390 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide, and much of this material ends up in our oceans, rivers, forests and land, causing irreparable damage to ecosystems and threatening wildlife.

On this World Environment Day, it is crucial that we become aware of the magnitude of this problem and take responsibility for finding effective solutions. This year’s theme invites us to reflect on how we can reduce and sustainably manage plastics.

The fight against single-use plastics is one of the key areas to focus on. Water bottles, plastic bags, wrapping and straws are just a few examples of items that are used briefly but have a lasting impact on the environment. By reducing their use and promoting more sustainable alternatives, such as reusable and biodegradable products, we can make a significant difference.

It is essential to promote the circular economy, where plastic products are designed to be recycled and reused rather than discarded after a single use. This requires the collaboration of governments, businesses and consumers to ensure the collection, recycling and proper management of plastic waste.

In addition, innovation and research play a key role in the search for long-term solutions. Investment in technologies that promote the faster degradation and decomposition of plastics, as well as the development of more sustainable alternative materials, are crucial to addressing this crisis.

On this World Environment Day, each of us has a role to play. Our daily actions, such as reducing plastic consumption, recycling correctly and educating others about the importance of protecting our environment, can make a difference.

Let’s remember that the plastics problem knows no borders and requires global action. By joining together in this fight, we can work together to overcome the challenges and build a future where plastics no longer pose a threat to our environment and life on the planet.

Happy World Environment Day 2023! Together, we can make a difference.

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