The world’s oceans are crying out for help as they slowly drown in plastic. It’s unbelievable, when they seem so vast, that a piece of plastic could make a difference. Yet that’s the problem, it isn’t one piece of plastic. According to Newshour Publications, there are 4.9 billion metric tons in landfills and natural environments.
In only 3 decades plastics will outweigh the fish in the sea. How can humanity possibly survive if our oceans contain more plastic than life?
Microplastics are also showing up in earthworms far inland through landfill disposals. In Oct. 2018, studies found these contaminates evident in human waste for the first time. Plastic encroachment means we are ingesting microplastics at an alarming rate. This is no longer a problem for our future generations.
It’s overwhelming and it’s scary. Get mad and take action. Start with your own home and lifestyle first. Just making the choice to change is huge.
Finding it hard to commit to change? Start with one or two items until its a habit, then add some more. Before long you will be thinking of your own ways to cut back on plastics.
There is good news ahead on the horizon. Companies across the world are finding ways to be profitable while cleaning up this mess. Whether it’s combining plastic pellets with asphalt for paving roads, or creating a plastic-eating enzyme, new innovations are coming.
We are amazing creatures known for intelligence and creativity. Something must change, and we are way beyond the point of waiting for others to change it for us. Maybe your invention will change our future.
15 Ways You Can Reduce Plastic Right Now:
- Stop. Using. Plastic. Straws. Try alternatives like paper, metal, or glass straws for on-the-go use.
- No more plastic bags. Switch to reusable bags for groceries and produce. Use reusable bags or containers when buying in bulk.
- Stop chewing gum, it’s made of synthetic rubber which is made from plastic.
- Don’t buy bottles. Items such as laundry detergent often come in boxes which are easier to recycle.
- Make purchases based on packaging. Is it earth-friendly? If not, try to find a substitute.
- Store leftovers in reusable containers.
- Stop using disposable water bottles. Take reusable bottles and mugs, even when eating out.
- Bring your own to-go containers to restaurants to eliminate Styrofoam.
- Avoid frozen foods packaged with plastic covered cardboards. They can’t be recycled.
- Don’t use plasticware. Keep washable flatware on hand for lunches-on-the-go.
- Disposable diapers add 7.6 billion pounds to the landfill each year. Use cloth instead, it saves you money too!
- Make your own cleaners to reduce plastic waste from containers. This also reduces toxins in your home.
- Create your own juices and pre-packaged foods rather than buying processed products.
- Pack lunches in reusable containers with fresh fruits and veggies rather than store-bought packaged items.
- Stop using disposable razors, instead use razors with replaceable blades. 60% of waste is eliminated.