Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Plastics have made their way into every corner of our lives.
It all started with convenience and now it seems as though we can't live without it.
Even the device you are using right now to read this post contains plastics.
Single-use plastics are among the worst, as they only serve one purpose for a very short period of time creating one very small convenience and leaving evidence behind that can last hundreds of years.
From what we can see visually, plastics are everywhere but if you look on a macro scale the problem is even bigger than anyone could have imagined...
Microplastics (<5 mm) and Nanoplastics (<0.001 mm) are more places than you might think.
In fact they can now been found in just about every corner of our planet and it's oceans.
Did you know that the average person consumes around 50,000 particles of microplastics a year and breathes in a similar quantity, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution.
Study source https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.9b01517
Where do these tiny plastics come from?
They can come from the polyester in your clothes, the plastic from your dish sponge, cosmetics which purposefully create microplastics, and practically any other larger plastics which have been broken down from exposure to the elements.
So what can we do about this?
For a start we must turn off the plastic tap to anything that can be made from alternative natural materials such as bioplastics, bamboo, hemp, coconut, banana leaf, etc. There is an abundance of natural solutions out there already, we just need a dramatic change in consumer mindset.
Just by refusing single use plastics or choosing products which are made from and packaged with only naturally derived materials, you will be playing your part in supporting the shift towards a plastic-free future. If you encourage your friends to do the same you will be multiplying your impact. Consumer demand is a powerful way to spark change.
Change must be made from the top down and the bottom up, we are all equally responsible as consumers, manufactures, governments and everything in between.
Join the #PlasticReversolution with us!
Please check out our Plastic-Free Store where you will find alternatives to the plastics you might use in your every day lives. We only ship to Australia, if you don't live in Australia you can check it out anyway for some ideas, you could try and source similar products locally.
You may also like to help by cleaning up some of the plastic waste from your local natural environment, check out the recent blog I wrote where you can learn how to be rewarded and create awareness by caring for the environment by entering a Proof of Environment:
You may also raise money for a charity of your choice with this process.
Furthermore we can help by supporting efforts such as The Ocean Cleanup https://theoceancleanup.com/
And their river cleanup project: Rivers are the main source of ocean plastic pollution. They are the arteries that carry waste from land to the ocean. Our research found that 1000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of the pollution. https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/
See this post on We Dont Have Time
Learn just how serious the problem of micro/nanoplastics is becoming:
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