Plastic has become a serious menace to our environment, using up earth’s precious resources while damaging the health and welfare of humans, plants and wildlife by spreading toxins, causing choking/suffocation hazards for animals, clogging waterways and disrupting the eco-system. Because it is relatively cheap to manufacture, disposable plastic items are produced in staggering quantities and stay with us. Almost every piece of plastic ever produced still exists today.
Island Green is committed to reducing the use of single-use plastics in the territory. Plastic was originally created to address food safety concerns — and helped make the modern world possible and “convenient.” Yet it has turned into a monster of a pollution problem for current and future generations to solve. Some studies have even predicted there will be more pieces of plastic in our oceans than fish by the year 2050. The USVI and other islands in the Caribbean are especially vulnerable because everything needs to be brought in or out by boat or ship, creating serious waste management issues. Our locale also makes us susceptible to increasingly severe storms caused by climate change, which is exacerbated by greenhouse gases created by the plastics industry. And lastly, our reliance on tourism economically causes a paradox – visitors are drawn by our natural beauty, yet the one million visitors annually put additional stress on our already fragile ecosystem.
We continue our efforts to educate the public on the dangers of plastic and discouraging its use. Everyone can do their part by making a conscious effort to avoid disposable plastic wherever and whenever possible.