What is the problem with plastic? Is it really that bad? What can I do about the plastic problem? Your questions answered, plus you will find practical tips on how to reduce single-use plastic in your life and inspiration to go plastic-free using cool eco-friendly products to help you get started.
We are killing our planet and we are doing it at an alarming rate, but there is something you can do about it TODAY
First off, let me congratulate you if you are fully informed of the problem and already make a conscious effort, in whatever shape or form, to reduce the dreadful effect of single-use plastic, pollution and global warming.
From the top of our hearts and from the bottom of our oceans: Thank you
Now please do a bit more and share this post so that we can get more people to follow in our footsteps.
A dramatic change is needed in our lives today. Things are not going well for our blue planet. The speed at which earth is dying is too fast for us to stop because of the way we humans choose to live and have been living for the last one hundred years, more pointedly, for the last few decades.
This is not scaremongering. The danger is real. Many people still don't know or understand what's going on. The truth is that it's almost too late to save our planet from the devastating effects of pollution and global warming.
There may not be an inhabitable world for our children's children, to grow up, live and thrive in.
Unless we get to work.
And that goes for all of us. Every human; man, woman and child, who values fresh air to breathe, fresh food to eat and a place to live - like... say, Earth.
Grab your natural, organic, reusable, bio-degradable superhero cape and be the fierce eco-warrior you never knew you wanted or needed to be.
Choose two or three things to try this week and join an elite squad of eco-warrior just by reducing the amount of single-use plastic you buy and use every day!
Commit to try at least 2 or 3 eco-tips this month to make a start. Tell your friends and family and challenge them to make a small commitment.
What Is The Problem With Plastic?
The problem with plastic is that we cannot get rid of it! We invented plastic a hundred years ago to be durable, long-lasting and very cheap to make. It's expensive and complicated to destroy. The destruction process causes more forms of harmful pollution, such as air pollution.
Most plastics can only be recycled once. Around 50% of the plastic that people use are used only once!
The body can absorb plastic chemicals. Approximately 93% of Americans who are age 6 and above have tested positive for BPA.
The amount of plastic thrown away ANNUALLY is enough to circle the earth four times!
It takes more than 400 years for a single plastic toothbrush to decompose!</p>
In Los Angeles, around 10 metric tons of plastic fragments such as soda bottles, straws, and grocery bags are thrown into the Pacific Ocean. That's one city!
Ocean reefs are dying all over the world, including the Great Barrier Reef. The Maldives are sinking because of rising sea levels. More islands and seafront towns face imminent danger because of global warming and plastic pollution greatly contributes to the issue.
About 97% of plastics ever made still exist! Apart from the small amount of plastic that is incinerated, every other piece of plastic ever made continues to exist in some form or shape.
Just think about it. Where does it go? The problem of plastic pollution is bigger than you and I thought. It has far-reaching and long-lasting consequences that will affect you directly if it hasn't already.
But Where To Begin?
We'll be flattered if this post alone propels you into action. However, we will understand if you need more.
Cuddle up with any Blue Planet movie by Sir David Attenborough tonight to get a beautiful glimpse of the ugly truth.
We want countries to introduce a law that will stop the manufacturing of single-use plastic across the world IMMEDIATELY, thereby forcing companies to reclaim plastic waste and use that instead in the manufacturing process. There sure is plenty enough of it going around already. We don't want more!
We want to see more of this
You'll be as affected as I was to watch a mother sperm whale swim around for days with her dead baby, not knowing why her nursing calf is gone. It was killed by the deadly toxins in her milk, which she got from the plastic contaminated fish she feeds on.
Or at the thousands of baby leatherback turtles who swim out to sea to find a safe place to feed and grow, but instead get caught and strangled in drifting plastic waste and, unable to feed themselves, starve.
All needles, senseless, and preventable deaths.
Watch Albatross by Chris Jordan. I'll warn you, it's a slow-moving artistic documentary and the kids got bored fast, but the images will get the message across. The artist shows you, in detail, how our carelessly discarded plastic waste causes the slow, agonising death of thousands of sea birds on a remote island called Midway, located more than two thousand miles from the nearest continent in the Pacific Ocean.
Not now, but after you've read this post, just do a quick Google and YouTube search for plastic pollution. You'll be shocked at the facts and figures, not to mention the devasting images we never see in our shiny plastic-wrapped lives.
You'll find the need to take action. No-one can say or should be able to say that they did not know and that is why we must help to create awareness.
What Can We Do To Reduce Single-Use Plastic Pollution?
If we, the consumers, you and me, make the conscious decision today, to change the way we shop, eat, live in a way that will reduce single-use plastic every day, organisations will be forced to change and to take action!
It's simple economics: if we keep buying it, they will keep making it.
The thing is, there are people who have been fighting to reduce plastic pollution for many many years, but why are there still so many of us who are oblivious to the struggle? Who refuses to do something about it?
And why are we not all doing our part?
We're all busy! Who has time to rinse the darn glass bottles? So instead of putting it in the recycling box, it goes in the general rubbish bin. The black one. The evil one with all the bad stuff that we cannot recycle, that goes to the rubbish tip and goodness-knows-where else, likely ending up in our waterways and oceans to poison sea life and in turn, poison us.
We know that we have to recycle and we do it as long as it's easy enough and doesn't require too much effort. Right? For too long we've been too busy and comfortable to be inconvenienced with it all.
If we change our ways now and if we do this right, our children will grow up with the eco-friendly mindset that is vital to our global conservation effort.
We will, and you should too, tell everyone who wants to listen about the problem and, more importantly, about the solution to plastic pollution and how to reduce single-use or through-away plastic.
Believe it or not, there are many people around the world who've not even heard of recycling or about the environmental dangers we face together.
While I can't see my own house being 100% plastic-free and while I know going green won't happen overnight, it's easier to start living a more environmentally friendly life than you think!
A different version of the post first appeared FamilyTravelExplore.com.