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Plastic pollution - You think you can't make a difference?

December 17, 2017 1 Comment

Plastic pollution - You think you can't make a difference?

We all know about plastic pollution. It's a fact. It's there and it's causing great harm to our planet. Our oceans are full of it. Animals are dying because of plastic and it's poisoning us too. Fish mistake tiny plastic bits for food and if you like eating fish, you can be certain you are eating plastic. 

Just to give you an idea of how much plastic there is in our oceans, check out the next video. 

It almost looks like the sea is trying to tell us, it doesn't need our plastic. Locals say, this is unfortunately a normal occasion during winter months on this Bali, when ocean currents change and bring waste that's thrown into the ocean on nearby islands. 

No matter how powerless you feel when watching this, there are things you can do to make a difference. We've prepared a simple infographic, to help you out a bit. We've listed the most common waste, found in oceans and during beach clean ups. Those are the items that you can and should start avoiding now. 

Disposable plastic items you should ditch first

Disposable products infographic
All of these disposable items have alternatives. Either biodegradable, or reusable.

Take for example coffee cups. Do you really need a new cup each time you want to have coffee? That disposable cup will be used for around 10 minutes and since it can't be recycled, it will outlast your time one earth. 

Why not carry your own bamboo coffee cup or coffee thermos? It's definitely a better and more sustainable solution. 

Bamboo coffee cup

You can find alternatives for all these plastic products right here at One Planet Zero.

I know all this zero waste stuff seems overwhelming at first, but give it a try. You'll see it's actually not that hard. In fact to make it even easier for you, we've prepared another quick infographic. Check it out below. :)

Have you ever heard about the 5R concept?
These five rules are guidelines for zero waste life. The 5R consists of 5 different actions: refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle. The idea is to follow these actions in this exact order. 

The 5R concept - zero waste
Following the 5R concept, will make it easier to reduce waste.

Give it a try. Everybody can and should make a difference. We live on this beautiful planet, that is worth saving for future generations. Don't let them pay for your laziness.

Think global, act local!

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June 16, 2018

Love this post, it’s so good to see more + more people embracing a zero waste lifestyle! You should also check out Bestowed Essentials – it’s my line of ethical + eco-friendly self care products. I handcraft them with all-natural ingredients, no animal products or testing, plastic-free packaging, and solar power! :)

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