Plastic is everywhere
If you take a look around your kitchen or office right now, chances are you’ll notice you’re surrounded by plastic – water bottles, to-go coffee cups, straws, plastic grocery bags, food wrappers, take-out containers, single-serve coffee pods, disposable utensils and produce bags. These are all examples of single-use plastic products, which is a hot topic nowadays based on both environmental and health concerns.
It’s certainly not realistic to remove all plastic from your life, but let’s examine some stats that may encourage you to reduce your single-use plastic footprint by ditching straws, switching to reusable water bottles, bringing cloth bags to the grocery store and more.
Plastic production is off the charts
The popularity of plastic, which began rising in the 1950s, is growing out of control – 8.2 trillion kilograms of plastic have been produced around the world, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. And there’s no sign of slowing down, considering scientists say that another 12 trillion kilograms will be produced worldwide by 2050. Check out these 6 easy ways to give plastic use the flick.
Plastic ends up in our oceans
“Every piece of plastic that has ever been created will remain in the environment in some form, but once we conveniently throw out our rubbish at home, wind and runoff carry our waste from landfills and streets down the sewer and directly to the ocean,” says Mystic Aquarium’s chief clinical veterinarian Jennifer Flower, DVM, MS. “[Given that we are] globally producing over 320 million tonnes of plastic annually, the marine environment is taking a big hit from our daily disposal of plastic. Our plastic consumption is directly affecting the marine life in the ocean including fish, which is a main source of food for humans as well. Often our society is so focused on making our lives more convenient in the short term, but in the long run, our health and the health of marine life are at the expense of those everyday conveniences.” Here are 7 simple earth-friendly habits you can adopt today.