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After being called “econazists“, we really thought we’d heard them all. But we never cease to be surprised by the attacks we receive!

A few days after the launch of the #BastaVaschette campaign, carried out in collaboration with ZeroWaste Italy, to raise public awareness about the (ab)use of disposable plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables, we received a warning letter. The Plastic Rubber Federation – Unionplast has accused us of spreading information “without any foundation and seriously damaging the reputation of an entire production sector”.

What is our fault? He said that disposable plastic containers suffocate the sea and the environment and that they can also contaminate the food contained in them, releasing substances harmful to human health.

These statements deemed “misleading and devoid of scientific basis” contained in the communications we disseminate are, in fact, drawn from accredited international studies. We limit ourselves to observing and denouncing, sharing scientific opinions in the public domain, already published in authoritative journals.

The alarming fact is that single-use plastic packaging contributes significantly to environmental pollution, given that every European citizen generates almost 180 kg of packaging waste per year, more or less half a kilo per day.

Marevivo, that for almost forty years has been fighting for the protection of the environment and the sea, with this campaign calls for a law that prohibits the use of disposable plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables, an area in which every year in Italy are used over 1,2 billion plastic trays. Choosing to buy only bulk products would reduce the use of plastic for this product category by 80%.

We would like to say that the results of researchers and researchers from all over the world who found plastic in the placenta tissues of pregnant women, in the blood and in the urine are not real. Instead, we find ourselves fighting daily with dramatic images of rivers and seas covered with plastic and studies of microplastics present everywhere.

One thing is certain and we want to reassure those who accuse us: we are harmless, plastic a little less.