What's gas got to do with plastic?
Posted by Claudia Tormey on October 01, 2019 at 06:32 PM
Do you ever wonder about the link between gas and plastics?
Well the first link is that the plastic industry is owned by big oil and gas companies including DowDuPont, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and BP.
The second big link is that plastic is made from oil and gas!
Despite our best efforts to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle, plastic production is set to increase 40% over the next decade.
This is because fracking is on the rise and fracked gas is the raw material that makes plastic.
The Gastivists Collective are hosting this really great webinar series to dive deeper into the links between gas and plastic, and why we need to #KeepItInTheGround to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!
The first webinar, 'Why Gas is Bad', is an introduction on gas - how it impacts our climate, how it's extracted and transported across the world and how it negatively effects communities.
The second webinar, 'Exciting Gas Allies', is about the link between gas and plastics, but also linking in with agriculture, transport and extractivism.
And the final webinar, 'International Solidarity', is about what is being done and how we can take action on gas around the world.
Ireland banned fracking in 2017 because of it's dangers to nature and people. But little do people know that plastic production is driving fracking across the world. The Story of Stuff are releasing a new feature film 'The Story of Plastic' which reveals the dangers of plastic from extraction of oil and gas and it's impacts on communities to disposal of plastic and microplastics.
Watch this Story of Plastic clip below to find out more, and keep an eye out for the film's release this month!
The fossil fuel industry is driving single use plastics: materials designed for one use and quick disposal - keeping themselves in business for years to come. Unless we do something! But to take action, we need to be informed.
Inform your friends and community about the plastic link with gas: share this blog post on social media. Get a group together and watch the webinar and film together!