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GET A GRIP ON THE PLASTIC!

Sump Magazine is calling on the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) to send a clear signal to its members advocating the steady and relentless reduction of plastics used in the manufacture of motorcycles, bike clothing and bike accessories.

Currently, the world is dumping between 200 and 300 million tons of plastic into global landfill, much of which are single use products. These plastics are heavily polluting huge tracts of land and essential water courses causing major health hazards from cancer to birth defects to immune system destruction. Meanwhile, microplastics – many of which feature in motorcycle products – have already entered the human food chain and are building up dangerous toxins. World wildlife and sea life is being decimated by human failure to address this issue.

Current UN estimates suggest that many plastics will take over 1,000 years to break down in the environment, and that break down will be destructive and will carry unknown associated penalties.

It’s a total unsustainable situation, and at Sump we see few if any initiatives or protocols designed to make sustainable readjustments in the motorcycle world.

Motorcycle manufacturers and accessory producers are clearly part of the problem and need to GET A GRIP ON THE PLASTIC! And motorcycle dealers can play their part by lobbying trade bodies, wholesalers and distributors to address this matter.

There was a time when motorcycles were built almost entirely from metals and rubber. We urgently need to return to sustainable and recycled production materials whilst developing more environmentally friendly plastic goods. We recognise that this is a huge challenge. But we feel it can be done. And if motorcycles and related products can reduce or totally cut non-recyclable plastics, the PR benefits could be significant.

Act now.

GET A GRIP ON THE PLASTIC!

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