I’ve always love the outdoors, being amongst nature but in the past 12 months I feel like my journey to care for the world we live in has accelerated. And whilst I’ve been quite quiet about my feelings to all this, I’m now at a point where it’s part of who I am. I share every other aspect of my life, and now feel ready to share this journey with you.
The increase in plastic production and consumption in the past 70 years has been staggering, we’re now at a point where it’s almost impossible to live without plastic. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. Just take a moment to think about what you’ve read, how does that make you feel?
I am more than aware I don’t live a fully sustainable life; I drive a car, I go on regular holidays and live in a house that of course uses heating, gas and electric. These are aspects of my life I can’t change at the moment, however I can make small swaps to my daily lifestyle that can make a huge impact.
Why Should I embrace change?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Without knowledge or understanding it can be hard to embrace and sustain change, so I want to share a few facts about plastic with you.
- A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021.
- In the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than over the course of the whole century.
- We dump 8 million tonnes of plastic into the ocean each year and there is set to be more plastic that fish in the sea by 2050.
- Over 1,000,000 seabirds are killed by plastic pollution in the oceans each year. As well as 300,000 dolphins and porpoises.
What Can I do?
I’ve found the most common reason people don’t make change, is down to the fact they don’t know how to. These swaps can easily be introduced into your daily life, starting today.
- Stop using plastic straws – In the US & UK, 550 million are thrown away each day.
- Opt for a reusable bottle – We use over 100 billion plastic drinks bottles a year.
- Buy yourself a reusable coffee cup – UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year.
- Change your tea bags – Most tea bags are laced with plastic, therefore they’re not biodegradable. I have since switched to Teapigs, a good plastic free option.
Our main problem is single use plastic, think plastic food packaging and cutlery. Whilst initially it might feel difficult and uncomfortable to opt for another option, bring yourself back to your reason why. With time, you’ll find it easier to embrace change and the swaps will be come part of your daily habit.
“The Earth is what we all have in common.”