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

December 17, 2017 2 Comments

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!





2 Responses

Bob
Bob

November 04, 2018

I know everyone is down on plastic and single use plastic I understand, but I think a world without plastic would be very very expensive. Plastic is cheap to manufacture, injection molding, blow molding, vacuum molding and many other manufacturing processes produce millions of useful products that would be so expensive to make any other way. The problem is not plastic, it is the lack of interest over the years not only on how to make all plastic recyclable, but also on how to make sure that it is recycled. That is an easier problem to resolve. It is not that long ago that the pop can was a big problem, but as soon as they put on a refundable deposit on them there was no more problem. We get 10 cents a can here in Canada. The same thing could be done with plastic cups at the retail level. When you return your cup to you local retailer, either one at a time or keep them at home until you have a large quantity you get the deposit refunded. The cups are put down a tube into a shredder or grinder that reduces them for shipping back to the manufacturer. The problem with plastic recycling is that different plastics melt at different temperatures, but that manufacturer can reuse that material because they manufactured in the first place. I know a plastic company that manufacture 750 thousand plastic coke bottles every week with over 80% recycled material and that will be 100% by 2020. It is the single use paper cup that I detest. Making them compostable or biodegradable is a joke. They will still continue to cut down over 36 million trees every year to keep up to demand. Detachable ultra-thin plastic cup liners can be used, so that paper cups do not need to be waxed or sprayed with plastic to make them waterproof, and therefore all paper cups could be recycled with the same refundable deposit being charged. The only problem now is how to combine thes two components, and my new patent pending product idea called Perma-Lid solves that problem. My website will be up and running in the next week or two, check it out Perma-Lid.com or email me and I will send you a video bob.s@perma-lid.com. Keep up the good work. Bob.

Callee
Callee

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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