I consider myself to be pretty aware/mindful about the environment and the damage us humans are causing. I try not to waste water, I use a bag for life and I recycle. Then early this week I read this…
There is an estimated 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean today!
I can’t even begin to comprehend what 315 billion pounds of plastic looks like. Experts estimate than by 2050 they’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
That got me thinking of the plastics I use: plastic coffee cups, cutlery, bags (when I forget my bag for life – which is probably more often that I care to admit!) straws, toiletries, cling film, freezer bags. The list is endless and what’s more upsetting/shocking is that 50% of all of the plastic we use is a ‘use once and chuck away’ item.
I decided to keep all the plastic we used over 7 days. The pile was huge. Now think about this multiplied by millions of families over tens of years! Normally I would chuck this all in the recycling bin but when I looked, a lot of it isn’t actually recyclable.
Plastic takes a LONG time to break down – as much as 500-1000 years. Once it has broken down, the tiny pieces continue to pollute the environment. The plastic is massively dangerous to marine life, they get stuck in it or eat it when they confuse it for food.
So what can we do about it now?
- Say no to straws. 550 million are thrown away every day in the USA and UK
- Buy a reusable water bottle and stop buying bottled water
- Use an eco bag for life (every time)
- Don’t buy disposable razors
- Buy a bamboo toothbrush
- Take your own coffee cup with you when you want take out
- Don’t use the little plastic bags for veg at the super market – what’s the worst that’s going to happen if our broccoli touches our parsnips?
- Use bar soaps instead of hand soap in a bottle
- Ditch the deodorants in plastic bottles and try Aromatico from LUSH. I’ve been using it for a while now and I love it!
Check out ‘Sisters Against Plastic’ Facebook page too. They are local ladies from Fradley who are doing what they can to reduce plastic waste.