Plastic pollution is a major issue today. Nowadays, it became a fashion like shopping, eating outside, order food online, etc. But do you know how much plastic footprint it creates? How it impacts us as well as the environment?
Plastic is polluting the sea, impacting biodiversity, and affecting human health. Each step of humans generates lots of plastic waste. As a result, day by day earth becomes more polluted.
This is the correct time to accept that we are responsible for waste. Because whenever we think it consciously, then only it is possible to avoid.
Here are 10 facts about plastic pollution you need to know
- Each year there is enough plastic thrown away to circle the earth four times.
- Plastic takes over 10000 years to degrade in landfills.
- Half of all plastic in the world today was produced last 15 years
- 50 per cent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
- Scientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
- 80% of the plastic bags floating in the ocean originated from open dumps.
- By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight).
- At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.
- Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes which degrades in 1000 years.
- 162g of oil and 7 litres of water required to make a single 1-litre plastic disposable bottle.
Here are something we can do to avoid plastic. Our small change can create a big impact
1. Just say no to plastic
Yes, it may sound difficult to avoid plastics completely. But it can be possible with smaller changes like bamboo toothbrushes, neem wood comb, bamboo earbuds, bamboo cloth drying clips. This type of product we can easily replace in our home. You can buy these products from amazon.
3. Use Reusable
Strictly avoid single used products. Using reusable reduces lots of waste. Straws, spoons keep in your bag while travelling. It feels awkward in starting that people will look at you differently. Let them look, Let them, judge. This is the society where if you throw anything on the road, no one will judge you. But when you do something good, everyone stares at you.
4. Take your own shopping bag
Always carry your own grocery bag/ bag for shopping. It will be better if you are taking containers for grocery shopping. Because when you purchase groceries without packaging, it is cheap, also sustainable. It will create zero waste.
5. Buy in bulk
Try to buy everything in bulk because many products don’t have an alternative to reduce plastic waste. Buying bulk reduces waste. Eco-brick can be made using this plastic waste.
6. Avoid processed foods and packaged products
Avoid processed and packaged foods as much as you can. Yes, it tastes good, looks good but behind the scene is different. This food contains lots of chemicals, preservatives to keep the food fresh for a longer period. Avoiding this is great for your health as well as for nature. Instead, choose the foods that come directly from mother nature. Wholesome foods are called living foods.
7. Use local products
Using local products helps local vendors. We can get fresh vegetables and fruits. I prefer local products.
Encouraging exotic fruits has also increased the usage of fuels to transport them from far away places. It contributes to global warming.
Following these very normal steps, we can contribute a lot to Mother Earth. Plastics are indirectly affecting our health. We have to take action now, for our next generation.