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SAFRIPOL INSTALLS AN OVERSIZED PLASTIC STRAW AT EMMARENTIA DAM

Plastic straws don’t belong in the environment

At Safripol, we stay away from unnecessary and irresponsible plastics like straws. Which is why neither we, nor our partners are involved in the manufacture of them.

To raise awareness about the fact that plastic waste doesn’t belong in the environment, Safripol have installed an oversized plastic straw at Emmarentia Dam. A symbol that cannot be ignored, a message that cannot be forgotten. A call to action that says stop using irresponsible plastics, because without them, we help preserve the environment; and enhance our lives.

As a leading polymer producer and as a strong industry leader in South Africa, Africa, and beyond, Safripol has a responsibility to the markets that we serve and the environment in which we operate.

The products our polymers go into touch almost everything. From medical equipment, wildlife conservation, industrial piping, energy products, transportation, and agriculture; to sports and recreational equipment, food packaging, carpets, clothing items, and children’s toys – our world uplifts so many aspects of a person’s everyday life. Helping us to work, teach, play and even save lives.

Plastic does not belong in the environment. At Safripol, we are committed to the pursuit of a circular economy and creating a sustainable future for all.

We know that pollution, littering, and dumping are major problems, and as an industry leader, we take responsible plastic use very seriously, consistently taking action to safeguard our natural resources.

At Safripol, we split plastics into two categories: responsible and irresponsible plastic.

Responsible Plastic: Plastic that is used responsibly when we handle and manage it by recycling, re-using, re-purposing, or disposing of it safely.

Irresponsible Plastic: Plastic that is used irresponsibly when we mishandle or fail to recycle it. Leading to increased pollution and dumping in our environment.

The ‘Let's plastic responsibly’ movement

Let’s plastic responsibly is a movement for change. It encourages the plastics industry and various communities to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, not only for our planet, but for ourselves and future generations.

By recycling, re-using, and re-purposing plastic, we can innovate and develop new products, and reduce the need for more plastic to be produced. Ensuring that plastic isn’t dumped into our rivers, oceans, and landfills.

Nowhere needs a straw

In line with the Let’s plastic responsibly movement, and to plastic responsibly we need to stay away from irresponsible plastics like straws, which is why neither we, nor any of our partners are involved in the manufacture of plastic straws.

PLASTIC STRAWS ARE FOR SINGLE-USE ONLY

Plastic straws are used once, thrown out, and end up in landfills. Small organisms like insects and bacteria cannot break them down, so they degrade and turn into harmful chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) – creating environmental pollution and health problems.

PLASTIC STRAWS ARE DIFFICULT TO RECYCLE

After we’ve finished using them, plastic straws are very difficult to recycle. If plastic straws are accepted for recycling, often they will be sifted out at mechanised recycling plants and sent to landfills because they are so small and lightweight.

PLASTIC STRAWS POLLUTE OUR WATERWAYS

From landfills, straws can be ingested by birds that are scavenging. As straws do not biodegrade, they then stay in the bird’s stomach until it dies. The bird itself will biodegrade, leaving the plastic straw to be blown away or washed into rivers and oceans.

PLASTIC STRAWS ARE HARMFUL TO SEA CREATURES AND WILDLIFE 

Plastic straws that wash into the sea threaten wildlife survival. Their small size makes them easier for birds, animals, and larger fish to ingest. This can cause the sea creature to starve to death because it assumes it’s eaten, and so it isn’t motivated to find enough food to keep it alive.