World Environment Day

If you are part of The World Permaculture Association Facebook Community, you would remember that back in June I posted about World Environment Day. This year’s theme is plastic pollution. The host country this year will be India! Facebook Buzz has been going crazy with different issues as well as solutions for the Plastic Pollution Epidemic. The question I want to ask everyone in our community, How can we make a difference? How can we eliminate plastics from our food supply, our body and, our life?

What is plastic?

Plastics date back to 3,500 years ago when the Olmecs of Mexico used the sap from rubber trees to make rubber balls. During the 1800’s we started to make plastic synthetically. Natural gas, oil, coal, minerals, and plants are now what are plastics are made from. Bioplastics are plastics that are biodegradable. These biodegradable materials come from renewable sources.

Solutions to Plastic

Could 3D printing technology be a great eco-friendly option compared to traditional plastic manufacturing? 3D printing has not gone entirely eco-friendly as of yet there are still some products used that are not biodegradable. Also, 3D printing uses a lot of energy to produce. However, if the materials are corn-based or other bioplastics made many benefits still save the environment such as less toxic waste, fewer emissions, and a better life cycle.

Another option available is TerraCotta for containers. As well as for irrigation methods using TerraCotta as an alternative to plastic pipes. I will be doing a blog post soon, all about TerraCotta as well as Irrigation Systems.

Plant-Based Plastic Vs. Man Made Plastic

Can replacing human-made plastics with a plant-based plastic be a solution? Plant-based plastics are natural polymers from agricultural, cellulose or potato and cornstarch waste. The advantages of Bioplastics are reducing our carbon footprint; they do not contain non-renewable raw materials such as oil. Additionally, they will minimize non-biodegradable waste and do not add any harmful additives to consumption compared to human-made derivates of plastics currently mass produced.

Plastic Into Compost?

In the National Geographic Video, they show the insects and microorganisms eating the biodegradable plastics. There is a difference in plastics some biodegradable plastics are not compostable. The difference between compostable products when they break down they release valuable nutrients into the soil. Can we eliminate the harmful effects of single-use plastics on our food supply and the earth with compostable plastics?

Single Use Plastics

The mass amount of single-use plastics such as straws and plastic bags are overwhelming our oceans, rivers, landfills and, Earth. I go into pollution on the blog post of Pope Francis’s Letter. In that letter, Pope Francis describes the throw-away culture of what we have become. We need to Recycle, Reuse and Compost!

How much plastics can we eliminate by growing our produce or by buying locally at farms where there’s no need for plastic packaging? By carrying our reusable bags? How much can we eliminate by switching to Bioplastics? Probably, A lot but is it enough?


We need to have a GLOBAL GOAL to replace ALL plastics with renewable and biodegradable products completely. Additionally, to solve the throwaway culture problem we need to adapt to a permaculture lifestyle. Only when we make that change, will the plastic problem be resolved as all of our problems. As Geoff Lawton teaches: “You can solve all the world’s problem in a garden.” All other solutions are just temporary.

Giuseppe Tallarico

Giuseppe is a versatile and results-oriented Agronomist specializing in Permaculture, Food Security, and Environmental Management Systems dedicated to consulting large-scale farms through the transition to sustainable and regenerative agriculture to achieve maximum profitability naturally while creating a greener abundant earth for generations to come. Giuseppe is an Accredited Instructor by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and a permaculture consultant for the government of Jordan. Giuseppe serves the world permaculture community as the founder and General Manager of the World Permaculture Association, the head of the Urban Permaculture Laboratory Educational Center, and manager of Rigenera, a Permaculture consulting company.

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India Aipma

Very critical time we are facing in today era. To avoid this situation our Association has stared a community. Be the part of Plastic Association Membership In India by AIPMA. For more information visit us –

    Giuseppe Tallarico

    I agree, plastic pollution is a critical issue that we are facing today. It is important that we take immediate action to reduce our plastic consumption and properly dispose of the plastic we do use. The Association of Plastic Manufacturers in India (AIPMA) is a great organization that is actively working to address this issue through community engagement and education. By becoming a member of the Plastic Association Membership in India, you can support their efforts and gain access to valuable resources and information on how to reduce your own plastic use and promote sustainable living. I highly recommend visiting their website at to learn more and consider becoming a member. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against plastic pollution. Giuseppe Tallarico


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