This is intended as a call to action for each of us to make changes aimed at reducing the world’s increasing plastic pollution. Plastic has now insinuated itself into all aspects of our environment and therefore our lives. We have become more and more reliant on plastic in our daily lives as an inexpensive, light-weight and convenient packaging material.
Approximately 40% of all plastic produced is used in packaging and 30% of that escapes collection systems and is introduced directly into our natural environment, much of it ending up in our water table. Plastic can take up to 1,000 years to totally disintegrate and disappear from our surface waters. It smothers coral reefs, threatens marine wildlife and when it breaks down becomes food for many species. Humans can then ingest theses food sources introducing the chemicals present in the plastics into our bodies, the ramifications of which is still mostly unknown by science.
This year’s World Environment Day is an opportunity to make a difference.
- ask your local restaurant to stop using plastic straws
- use a coffee mug in lieu of that disposable cup
- bring your own shopping bags
- refuse plastic cutlery
- pick up any plastic you see when walking and dispose of it properly
- if you can’t reuse, refuse it
This is a global issue and it is estimated that by the year 2050 the major component of our oceans will be plastic. Recently, micro-plastics have been found in our groundwater, drinking water and even in bottled water!
Plastics are starting to impact all aspects of life on earth.
Perhaps it is time for everyone to rethink their use of plastic!