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We are surrounded by plastic and it gets overwhelming when we look at the huge issues facing us for the future. Were do we start and how do we avoid plastic?

Just about everything we buy today, is either made with plastic, contains plastic that we can’t even see and is wrapped in plastic. Hell even our money is made of plastic.

There are hundreds of small initiatives springing up around the world, some reuse our plastic trash to make other items; road surfacing, benches, houses, clothes…..this is phenomenal and really commendable…however they are still plastic.

Around the world people are coming together to clean up their rivers and beaches.

#2minutebeachclean – https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/2minutebeachclean/

#pickup1million – https://www.heart.co.uk/eastanglia/news/local/ipswich-man-picking-up-1-million-cigarette-butts/

#binitforbeaches https://marinedevelopments.blog.gov.uk/2018/08/23/binit4beaches-marine-litter-beach-clean/

#goplasticfree – Why not try the 1 month Plastic challenge https://www.mcsuk.org/plastic-challenge/

Other than that here are 5 things you can stop using with absolutely no ill-effects to you or your life https://www.dw.com/en/5-single-use-plastics-the-eu-should-ban/a-45957403

  1. #banballoons – stop buying balloons. Balloon releases kill thousands of birds and sea creatures every year. Follow @balloonsblow on instagram for more information – https://www.instagram.com/balloonsblow/
  2. #nomorestraws – stop using plastic straws; there are alternatives. Ask your favourite milkshake venue to make the change (there are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying on America’s shores alone). https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/
  3. #plasticpackaging – unnecessary plastic packaging is the blight of our lives. I’ve started naming and shaming the supermarkets now for using tons of unnecessary plastic packaging – there are alternatives : Bagasse: compostable, eco-friendly bagasse is great for replacing plastic when you need disposable plates, cups, or take-out boxes. http://www.greenhome.com/blog/alternatives-to-plastic
  4. Cotton swabs – https://www.seriouslybamboo.com/blogs/news/the-problem-with-plastic-cotton-swabs – Who can forget that shocking image of a seahorse with it’s tail wrapped around a cotton swab

    sea horse - Justin Hoffman -ref BBC Earth Our Blue Planet

    sea horse and cotton swab – © Justin Hoffman – ref BBC Earth Our Blue Planet

  5. #boycottplastic – Plastic Bags; there are hundreds of shocking and heart-breaking images of seabirds, turtles, whales, dolphins and many other animals and birds killed by plastic bags. “Plastic bags harm the environment in several ways. For instance, marine animals may mistake them for jellyfish when they are in the water and eat them, clogging up their intestines in the process“.  http://www.bigfatbags.co.uk/plastic-bags-environment/

The amount of plastic bags made each year has now passed 1 trillion & they take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose.

We have to change our habits and make the necessary changes.

And one more thing we absolutely have to do…stop buying plastic water; one million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every single minute. That’s 525,600,000 million bottles per year…. 525 million 600 thousand bottles per year. 525, 600, 000 million plastic bottles entering the system and polluting out planet……

 

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Recycling has been the go to opt out for us to assuage our guilt over our wasteful throw-away lifestyle. For years now, we have been fed, and accepted the lie that recycling is the socially acceptable way to dispose of our trash.

In reality our trash has been shipped to other countries like China (until they put a stop to buying it in January 2018) and now apparently its being shipped to Indonesia. This has allowed us in the West to gaily make it ‘someone else’s problem’.

But in reality, unless we are living on a different planet to the Chinese or any other country you care to mention, our oceans are interconnected – Trump hasn’t yet managed to build a wall between the oceans. This means that our trash travels. It may start off in your household recycling box, but from there it travels…across the world (why?) = huge carbon footprint – one negates the other. It gets stripped down and besides polluting the soils and water systems in those countries, it gets dumped into rivers and makes it’s way to the sea….and thus into the world’s oceans.

As we now know, fish are eating this plastic…we’re eating the fish and voila…..now it’s catching up with us. Scientists have discovered plastic in our poop. Nice one.

We in the west have been exceptionally lazy about sorting out our own trash. We are wasteful and have trashed this world even more than the developing countries we love to blame. African countries were only introduced to our plastic production in the last couple of decades. Unlike us, some many African countries (you know, those 3rd world ‘less than’ countries that white people in the West are so disdainful of!?) are way ahead of us in taking action against plastic.

Botswana – https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/botswana-is-banning-plastic-bags.html

Kenya placed a total ban on the manufacture, sale or use of plastic bags on 28 August 2017.  This became law and has been enforced with remarkable effectiveness.

“Plastics are being replaced with natural materials and there has been growth in small-scale bag making, creating jobs”

“More than 40 countries have now joined UNEA’s #CleanSeas campaign, which covers more than half the world’s coastlines. The threat is very real. If nothing is done the oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050, according to leading environmentalists”.

Rwanda, Mauritania and Morocco all have bans in place and it’s worth noting that there is no such ban enforced in the UK, US or China, all of which have highly developed plastics industries; producing and exporting plastic bags across the globe – ergo we in the developed countries ARE TO BLAME!! It’s all about making money, the bottom line and obscene profits, and the manufacturers have no interest in the fact that it’s killing the planet.

If you’d like to read more, here is the link

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/22/recycling-fuels-consumption-plastic?fbclid=IwAR1R3efRw2UZ6D_I27lyUZjbT8XkmwFH6SZ7bEcfVVOKJ_fUJOigFv66tQc

After watching the Fashions Dirty Secrets documentary last week, my attitude to our wasteful lifestyle has intensified exponentially. I don’t want my grandchild growing up in a world that is polluted by plastic and toxic lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. I’m hoping there will still be fresh water available to this child in the future.

In this child’s name I am now naming and shaming:

tesco foods, plastic pollution, polluting the oceans, ban plastic bottles, named and shamed for plastic pollution, ban plastic

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Iceland

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plastic pollution in the supermarkets

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plastic pollution in the supermarkets

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plastic pollution in the supermarkets

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plastic pollution in the supermarkets

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All of these products are wrapped in totally unnecessary and pointless plastic. These companies are also forcing their customers to buy in bulk; much of which ends up in the trash…”In the UK alone, 8.4m people in the UK struggle to afford a meal, according to the UN’s FAO – despite the UK wasting billions through food waste every year, according to food waste charity WRAP.”

“Unsurprisingly, the proportion of food waste is highest in western countries, while developing countries are more likely to suffer from food loss.”

We have to face up to our waste and make some drastic changes if we are to preserve the sanctity of life on this planet.

 

 

 

 

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This is a very timely and useful article. It definitely pertains to me in that climate change and the effect that plastic is having on the oceans has  been causing extreme anxiety, especially since I learned that my daughter is expecting a baby…her first child; my first grandchild. Since her and her husband announced the baby’s pending arrival, my stress levels have gone up quite a lot #understatement

I’m doing as much as I can to negate my impact on the climate, but as they say in the article, individually we can only do so much. But if our governments are not taking responsibility or massive action then that in itself will cause more stress, and I can well imagine the scientists must be under extreme stress. Just the very fact that the UK government has allowed fracking to go ahead tells us the story of their interest in their citizens and community. Of course we know that they’re going to make money off it, and not necessarily for the public purse… #justsaying

There are people who will continue to deny it…. “It’s the people who don’t seem bothered by environmental crisis who need therapy the most, to figure out why they are so numb and in denial,’ he tells us.”

The article suggests joining local community based groups who are also environmental activists in order to keep sane. I have already joined a number of community groups on instagram and Facebook and its encouraging to see how much they are doing, it keeps me focused, as well as which I do what I can. But quite honestly, it does keep me awake at night 🌃

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/18/climate-change-is-causing-ecoanxiety-and-damaging-our-mental-health-what-can-we-do-8047167/?ito=cbshare

Actions I already take

Converting to veganism – an ongoing process and I do fall down occasionally when it comes to dairy products, although I have now finally converted to soya milk in my tea. 🙂

Saying no to plastic straws – I took a pledge nearly 2 years ago to never again use a plastic straw and I haven’t. Someone at a local coffee shop put a plastic straw in an avocado drink I was having and as my daughter said to the waitron “take it away before she goes into meltdown”. LOL

Saying no to plastic water bottles – I stopped this a long time ago. It’s bloody ridiculous to sell us water in plastic bottles that take thousands of litres to produce. We have tap water. We live in a 1st word country. We don’t draw water from an infected well. fck!! This is the one thing above all else that irks me the most.

Saying no to plastic bags – yup. makes sense. It’s seriously ironic that 3rd world countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Botswana as well as others have banned them. As usual the UK and USA and EU are WAY BEHIND.

Buying products in glass where available, even if its more expensive.

Buying products in cardboard where possible.

Not buying for fashion, but rather as I need it. Have you seen Stacey Dooley’s documentaries about the fashion industry?

Conserving water 💦 and being mindful of my usage.

Changes made by others due to my persistent requests:

Our local milkshake bar changed from plastic straws to biodegradable.

Our local chip shop changed from polystyrene boxes to compostable.

As individuals there is so much we can do, without experiencing overwhelm. I love the #2minutecleanup campaign on instagram

I share the devastating images of dead seabirds and other sea creatures from @balloonsblow in facebook

I am constantly alert as to what more I can do to make a difference and reduce my carbon footprint, and mindful of what I buy and why I buy it.

I try and set an example by modifying my behaviour

I try to share information for others to be aware of the catastrophic effects our throw-away plastic lifestyle is having on the planet.

I realise that we can’t live a life completely without plastic in the immediate future, but we can drastically reduce our consumption of the product by avoiding it wherever possible. – I used the word consumption, because as you know, microscopic plastic fibres are now in our water supply and our food chain….even in salt.

Regards going vegan, I get mocked by family members who feel comfortable with sending me what they see as humorous images of what is tantamount to cruelty to animals. Friends come up with the old bullshit of vegetables having feelings too and how they feel pain. That is throwback to when people who were going vegan were regarded as nutters or veganism was considered a fad. Its not. Try watching ‘What The Health’ on Netflix then come talk to me again.

The biggest impact you can have on saving this planet for future generations is to cut back on plastic, stop buying bottled water and if you can’t become vegan, at least try being vegetarian or flexitarian.

 

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