The future of the planet depends on avoiding the ubiquitous use of plastics

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The term ubiquitous is defined as something present everywhere. Unfortunately, recent news has revealed that an undesirable material is assuming this role: plastic waste. However, the presence of plastic in inconvenient places is nothing unusual. The most striking form of plastic waste is the well-known plastic islands of our oceans. In a previous blog, we mentioned the plastic island in the Pacific, equivalent to the combined size of Spain, France, and Germany.

Plastic waste is already “infecting” the North Pole…

This plastic “pandemic” seems to have no limits. According to a study published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, there are already considerable quantities of plastic in an area considered untouched: the North Pole. Its water, ice, and snow are covered with high concentrations of microplastics from various parts of the planet. And, yes, Spain is one of the countries involved in these discharges.

Despite being shocking, this news has hardly transcended. It is probably because of its lack of geographical proximity. Although some of these discharges come from Spain, the Arctic pollution seems too far away to affect us. The geographical distance makes this problem invisible to many, as is the case with many environmental problems caused by humans. As evidenced by the data provided by organizations such as Greenpeace, this is, without a doubt, an erroneous approach.

… and our bloodstreams

What if the problem were much closer to us? Or worse, what if the problem stood somewhere inside us? A team of researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has made a disquieting finding. These scientists analyzed the blood of 22 people in search of plastic. Unfortunately, they found particles of this material in 17 of the people, i. e., 77% of the sample. It is the first time that traces of plastic are found in the blood.

The results are disturbing. The researcher Dick Vethaak states, “They (the findings) show that people ingest or inhale so much plastic that this remains in the bloodstream.” To which he adds, “Such particles can cause chronic inflammation.”

More alarming news regarding plastic waste, resulting from excessive plastic consumption in the past, will continue to come our way. Fortunately, we have a chance to reverse this trend and focus on the present. A new waste law has recently come into force in Spain. Among other measures included in this regulation, one of the most important has been the obligation to serve tap water free of charge in bars and restaurants. Moreover, the law establishes a series of taxes and prohibitions to reduce plastic waste.

MiniClean, part of the solution

Fellow Funders is firmly committed to ESG values, especially plastic waste reduction. For this reason, we opened a funding round on our equity crowdfunding platform a few weeks ago to raise 1.5 million euros (with overfunding) for a special environmental project: MiniClean.

Miniclean proposes a simple and unique idea in the cleaning industry. The aim is to eliminate water from cleaning products. In other words, 90-95 % of their content will be reduced until it fits into a water-soluble capsule. Thanks to this solution, millions of plastic bottles will no longer end up (in the best-case scenario) in containers.

We are closing our funding round!

We want to announce to our community some great news that brings some light to the plastic waste problem. We are successfully closing MiniClean’s round this week! The funds raised will serve the company, already integrated with new investors, to publicize a product already present in the main distribution points in our country.

Although this is not our first ESG project, MiniClean is our entry into the sustainable cleaning sector. It’s crucial to stop generating plastic waste. If we want to build a better tomorrow for our planet and people, it is essential to banish the ubiquitous use of plastic.

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