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The Plastic Problem 

The Plastic Problem 

I’m back with another installment of let’s save the planet. I came across some very interesting yet a little more scientific facts on how plastics are effecting our planet and I want to share. The more we know the more motivated we are to make a change.

 

 

 

“One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” explained David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey.

 

 

There is evidence mounting that the chemical building blocks that make plastics so virtual are the same comments that might harm people and the environment. Such as:

 

-Chemicals added to plastics are absorbed by human bodies. Some of these have been found to alter hormones and have potential health effects.

-Plastic debris is laced with chemicals and get ingested by marine animals, which cannier or poison them.

-Floating plastic waste, can survive for thousands of years in water, can act as mini transportation devices for invasive species.

-Plastic buried deep in the landfills can leach chemicals in the groundwater.

 

 

 

Pretty heavy right? Think about what you can do today or this week to be less depended on plastics. Using a glass bottle at work, stop asking for plastic silverware when you don’t need them, using a glass or steel straw, bringing your own bags to the store, etc.

 

 

 

 

Till Next week,

 

 

 

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Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean

It's time again for a little lesson on some environmental issues that are close to my heart. As I mentioned a few weeks back I really want to use this blog as a platform to talk more openly about what is important to me. 

 

This week I want to talk about one-time use plastic forks, spoons and knives. I have talked to a lot of people that think plastic cutlery is recyclable and it’s not a problem but it is because not everyone recycling them. Here are some shocking statistics

 

-Food and beverage packaging make up 67 percent of all littler on the streets

-Plastic utensils rank among the top 10 most common trash items

-The ocean contains more than 8 million tons of plastic

 

    

 

Even the idea of making better utensils like biodegradable options made from potato starch aren’t gonna to solve this issue because they cost twice as much and require a lot of water and energy to produce. 

 

The one way to truly make a difference is to use real forks and knives. China started a BYOC campaign (Bring Your Own Chopsticks) and have seen a lot of improvements. We need to encourage everyone to bring their own utensils and eat at home more. Also let restaurants know when you don’t need plastic utensils so they don’t go to waste.

 

  

   

It won’t take much, we just need everyone on board and thinking about how to lessen the plastic waste our planet has.

 

  

 

 

Till Next Week,

 

 

 

 

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One Small Step

One Small Step

A few weeks back I told you about my new intentions to bring more awareness to a cause that’s close to my heart, the environment, and today I want to share some facts.

 

When we’re armed with knowledge we can make decisions from a place of truth and knowing. There is always a lot of information circling about what’s good for the environment and what’s bad. 

 

There is one small step we can all take that can make a huge difference for this planet we share, and that’s getting rid of plastic straws. I’m sure you’re aware of the insane amount of plastic we humans use every year. But let’s just start off with one-time use straws.

 

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You have been using plastic straws your whole life I bet. They come with our juice packs at school, and you get them in your water at every restaurant meal. Let’s do some math here. If there are 7 billion people on the planet and let’s say 3 billion use straws, and those 3 billion use 2 straws a day, that’s…6 billion straws in one day.

 

Now we don’t know if that number is true but we do know that one of the world’s biggest chain restaurants uses 60 million straws a day. That’s a lot of plastic garbage.

 

   

 

A few more facts to think about:

 

 -They can’t be recycled

-Most people use them once and throw them away

-They contain BPA, a harmful chemical

-It’s harmful to the environment to make straws, and the process uses fossil fuels

-Plastic straws are one of the top ten things found on our beaches

 

 

 

Make a change today. Make a choice to not use plastic straws and/or buy metal straws to use over and over.

 

 

 

 Til Next week,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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