Did you know that there are 51 trillion micro plastic particles in the ocean today? That is 500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy.
Plastic waste never fully goes away, it just breaks into little pieces. Due to decades of poor waste management policies and plastic consumption habits, our oceans continue to be dumped with waste. At this rate, scientists predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight).
Plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems that we face today. It not only impacts the environment and our health, but it is now threatening the survival of our planet.
It is important that each of us takes personal responsibility and makes a commitment to help end plastic pollution.
This article takes you through the topics below to help you be the change, click on them to jump ahead at any time.
• What is the Plastic Pollution crisis • Tips to live with less plastic • Be inspired to begin your journey to Zero Waste • Join us this Earth Day
Be Informed – Understanding The Impact of Plastics
Leo Baekeland invented the world’s first fully synthetic plastic in 1907 and since then, especially in the last 50 years, plastics have polluted our planet.
Plastics are everywhere and are un-biodegradable. Although they are Scientists have calculated that the vast majority of plastics ever made are still present in the environment in some form.
A large amount of plastic waste has been dumped into our oceans. This has created huge concentrations of plastic debris across the ocean – one of these patches is as large as Queensland!
In addition to harming the environment, the production of plastic is also recognised as a hazard to your health.
Be Empowered To Act Now – Shop Good, Feel Good
If you look around you, how many things are made of plastic?
In this day and age it’s hard to imagine a life without plastic.
It is pretty scary to think that the material that we use the most is the cheapest available and takes the longest amount of time to disintegrate.
There are many alternatives to single use plastic products or even just plastic products. From reusable bags to environmentally friendly keep ups, giving up plastic can be as simple as a single choice. A place to start is to pick one single use plastic item in your life and swap it for something reusable.
We have created a handy info graphic filled with tips to get you started.
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Be Inspired - A Journey To Zero Waste
There are many communities, both online and offline, who share information and resources with each help each other reduce rubbish sent to landfill. Joining one of these groups or creating one with your friends is a great way to ensure you stay on track and spread the word.
We had a chat with some of the members of the Facebook group Zero Waste about their own journeys.
Brittany from Victoria said that she thought that plastic-free living would be “really hard, time consuming and expensive” however after challenging herself to one month of zero-waste she found that continuing was a “no brainer” as she ended up saving money and living a fuller life.
Kasia from New South Wales shared that she has always been a diligent recycler but is trying to better manage guilt when she sees “plastic being used frivolously”. In an effort to spread awareness, Kasia has engaged her employer to establish recycling programs in her own workplace. She encourages others to do the same.
The general consensus from the community was that they found reducing waste to be simple, satisfying and fun.
Join us – The fight for our planet’s future is on!
In many countries around the world, on April 22nd more than 1 billion people will be participating in Earth Day. This is a day of action where individuals show their support for environmental protection.
In the lead up, we encourage you to start conversations with your friends and family about plastic pollution. We also empower you to start incorporating more sustainable practices into your day-to-day lives.
Every coffee cup counts and every ‘no thanks’ to a plastic bag makes a big difference. Feel empowered to be the change!
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