Since the introduction of plastics in the 1950’s plastic production has increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tonnes in 1950 to 448 million tonnes in 2015. This is expected to double by 2050.
There is no doubt that the use of plastic has transformed the modern age on a global scale, from life changing medical applications to use in improving transport technology to reduce pollution. From saving lives in helmets and body protectors to being used in equipment for cleaning drinking water. Plastic is one of the few inventions that have transformed all of our lives, mainly for the better.
From the scientific marvel that plastic was in its infancy the true cost of this material has become clear. Products and packaging that are cheap and easy to mass-produce have flooded the market to meet the desires of increasing populations globally. Half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years. Single-use plastics account for 40% of the plastic produced on an annual basis. This ‘disposable culture’ had become an all too easily accepted part of society. This is changing.
Programmes like BBC Blue Planet have been seen as a turning point, highlighting the environmental cost of disposability. The issues around single use plastic and its disposal have never been closer to the forefront of the public mind and many of us are choosing to try and make a difference.
However, it is not just down to the individual, businesses also need to make changes. One of the largest markets for plastics today is packaging materials. Businesses need to move forward and try to be more environmentally conscious for themselves and their customers. The equestrian industry needs to be part of that movement.
We all want to do what is best for our horses. We strive to give them a safe, comfortable environment to live in. We want to make sure they have everything they need to be happy and well. We spend time, money and effort ensuring they are fit and healthy whether they are taking on the 5* at Badminton or heading for the next hack around the block.
Feed is a huge part of that consideration. As owners we all spend time talking about, asking advice on, and trying to understand the nutritional requirements of our horses to make sure we are providing them with everything they need. In the main, whatever feed you choose, also provides the problem of single use plastic.
Many of our customers do not have that problem. They feed simple, high quality, complete feeds that are nutritionally balanced and delivered direct in our Bulk Bin System. A Chestnut Horse Feeds Bulk Bin is not just a nutritional choice, it is an economic and environmentally conscious choice.
We are helping our customers to make a change, reduce plastic waste and make a difference. On average one Bulk Bin is the equivalent to 7.5 bags of feed and each bin is part of a cycle of sustainability. Collected, cleansed, re-filled, delivered and re-used. We currently deliver within a set area to ensure we operate in as efficiently as possible.
We know it’s going to take more than just our actions to change the industry but we are proud that our business and our customers are making a difference. We can all be equestrians who are for the environment.
If you want to make a difference on your yard then contact us to check if we operate in your area.