We're Are Drowning In Single Use Plastics. Here are ways to help.
Single use plastics are the most cheap and convenient way to pack or store a lot of goods such as food and drink or any modern goods that need packaging. With the rise in consumerism and a throwaway culture most of us don't think of the damage our coffee cup or plastic straw is causing but with more than seven and a half billion people on the earth these modern conveniences come at a great cost to the environment. All together we produce 300 million tonnes of plastic each year, half of which is single use plastics. This plastic takes around 1000 years to decompose and is accumulating at an incredible rate.
We use so much plastic and throw it away instantly, you can see it littering our streets and countryside but the rubbish you see in these places don't account for the sheer number of plastic in our environment. So where does it go? This plastic makes it way into our rivers and oceans and stays there for its massive lifespan. This plastic makes its way into the guts of marine animals and seabirds and kills millions of them each year. Scientists have estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. This plastic is also contaminating the seafood that we eat and destroying communities that rely on the ocean for food and business.
What can you do to help?
In reality there isn't much you can do to help except from changing small personal things in your life and to try to support global efforts such as WWF and many more that a quick google search will show you.
Here is a list of things that I made that you can do to help.
1. Donate to WWF or other great organizations.
2. Try to be aware of what you're buying and do your best to avoid plastic packaging. This isn't always possible but every little helps.
3. Try to prepare homemade meals rather than buying takeout/takeaway from restaurants to avoid them packaging your food.
4. Use reusable bags rather than single use bags when shopping or doing anything else.
5. Be part of the movement of banning different plastics such as plastic bags and cups.
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