PLEASE STOP using plastic, for Earth’s sake

PLEASE STOP USING PLASTIC - FOR EARTH'S SAKE

As Published with one of our partners: www.ibizaspirit.es

Author: Liilamaya Liliana Galvis

 

With this article I would like to make a contribution towards "raising consciousness" around what seems to be, besides the fearful existential threat of climate change and global warming, our biggest menace in human history: PLASTIC, and how is damaging our beloved, now at risk planet Earth.

As I finally managed to settle down to do some research, I was blown away at the statistics. Surely, there is so much more we are not being told by scientists.

In the following a statistic to make you think if not help you stop using the stuff immediately:

 

"There are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish"

Source: Independent News Paper.

 

The biggest victim appears to be our once pristine Oceans with more than eight million tonnes pouring onto them faster than we can imagine!. Sad and true. Marine litter harms more than 600 species amid what some regard as the beginning of the sixth mass extinction of life on earth.

For those that eat seafood, shellfish or sea-life, face the real consequences of consuming some of the plastic that we have thrown in to the sea, Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year. We absorb fewer than 1%, but they will still accumulate in the body over time, causing much damage to our already sensitive systems.

Thankfully to our survival, the news have caught mass attention thanks to the United Nations who in February of this year announced it had "declared war on ocean plastic".

On the positive side, "plastic bag bans" have been placed in more than 15 countries on the continent, making them an example to be followed. Interestingly, Africa had declared plastic bags their "national flower" before the first ban was introduced back in 2003 due to the overwhelming, so apparently present in their natural environment.

How conscious are you on the matter? Are you participating in Yoga classes yet drinking from a plastic bottle which then you dispose off hopefully on a recycling bin? Are you still placing your groceries on plastic bags that you pay 10 cents for at the supermarket? Do you use plastic tap aware? do you use traditional cosmetics filled with plastic ingredients especially lipstick? 

If you answered yes to any of the above or are conscious of the fact that you still use some plastic in some way, shape or form, maybe is time to make a CHANGE.

 

Below is a list of simple tips to help you get started thanks to the " Green Education Foundation" - Creating a sustainable future through education.

  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw

  2. Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! 

  3. Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic. 

  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.

  5. Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging. 

  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.

  7. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop

  8. Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam. 

  9. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter. 

  10. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you'll be eating fewer processed foods! 

  11. Don't use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.

  12. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.

  13. The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money. 

  14. Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It's healthier and better for the environment.

  15. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.

  16. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.

  17. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

 

OUR BATTLE AGAINST PLASTIC BEGINS AT HOME.

May all beings live in perfect harmony with themselves and their whole surrounding environment.

NAMASTE

Liilamaya @ LilyPod Yoga

 

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