Did I mention in my last post that we have only produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950! Ok so let me put this into context it has been reported that the UK’s supermarkets alone (in the present day) produce 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging a year.
The issue with plastic is that we have come to rely on it where we don’t even need it. It’s just not necessary. Take any supermarket using packaging for fruit or veg which we end up removing as soon as we get home.
Whatever your age, gender, profession, religion or political persuasion, one thing we can all agree on is that plastic in the ocean is a bad thing. And sadly this is where masses of it is now ending up.
We’ve heard encouraging things from the government on efforts in trying to make changes but with every minute that passes another rubbish trucks worth of plastic is entering our oceans, so time really isn’t on our side.
The upside is that we can makes changes that will have a positive impact from now.
Here are some things that we can do about it!
1. Refuse – say no to plastic. You can change your behaviours for example by saying no to using plastic straws. Or do we really need to use plastic cutlery?
2. Reduce – by carrying a reusable bag with you when you go shopping.
3. Reuse – by carrying a reusable bottle, coffee mug, container.
4. Repurpose – my mother uses plastic bottles and milk gallons to water the plants in the garden. And my neighbour has caught on! Here’s an opportunity to get creative people!
5. Recycle – if all the above is not possible there are recycling facilities everywhere! Ensure that your waste is separated first.
Note that RECYLE is last on the list of possible actions. In order to protect our Oceans we need to substantially reduce the amount of plastic being produced in the first place. The simplest solution is to not give people the opportunity to dispose of the plastic to begin with right? In theory yes, in practice no…
It is really promising that recent polls have suggested that consumers are warming to the idea of refillable and reusable packaging – which would result in a serious reduction in plastic packaging production.
But more needs doing by the source of production. Environmental NGO’s such as Greenpeace have been campaigning for the government to hold businesses to accountable for the rubbish that they produce. Businesses and retailers seriously need to cut down on the plastic they’re producing.
The bottom line is, that as it stands plastic is everywhere. Whilst it’s almost impossible to avoid, the matter of fact is that there is action you can take to reduce the throwaway plastic you use in your daily life.
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