Hey warrior, let’s cut down on those nasty plastics! Yes, reducing your plastic usage is more than possible and actually not at all that difficult!
We all want to keep our planet healthy, pretty, and green right? I know that going fully zero – waste might be a huge life change for you. Or you might not feel quite ready yet to take such a big step. So, here’s a better idea. The plastic-free diet!
What’s the hype all about, how do you reduce your plastic usage?
It’s about doing our best to avoid all the plastic that comes in our way, refusing it, and replacing with more sustainable materials (like glass, paper, bamboo..).
Plastic is the hottest pollutant right now, and according to the Guardian, if we keep producing it the way we do now, by 2050 there’ll more plastic in our oceans than fish.
Unfortunately, it really makes sense. If you tend to be a lazy beach bum like me, you probably know what the Guardian is talking about. Every time I see loads of trash around the beaches and in the ocean, it just makes me feel really guilty. And I know you as well if you’re reading this post.
We can’t run far away from plastics
When I was a little kid, every summer we used to go for a family holiday to Croatia. Once, I asked my dad, how was it possible that there were so many weird stuff floating around in the sea. He said we had to go further away from the city to get to a cleaner beach. Back then, I didn’t think about it anymore.
Nonetheless now, I realized that you can go as far as you want and it’s still going to be at least a bit polluted! When I traveled around South-east Asia, I knew my final stop would be the awesome Koh Rong Sanloem island. This is a super remote island with no wifi and electricity only after 6 PM.
There are only sandy roads, no cars, maybe around 20 people staying there (including tourists in low season), you can find the sea stars, luminous plankton at night, get an unwanted shower with geckos, and have buffalos run around your house every night. Pure wilderness!
But no so untouched wilderness anymore. When you go to the jungle you’ll find trash under the trees, plastic on the beach, and aah I don’t even want to continue.
Would you expect an island like that to be heavily polluted?
As much as I loved this island, I couldn’t stop being frustrated with all the trash around me! Besides, I couldn’t get from where was it all coming from. The little amount couldn’t have produced such amounts of garbage. It was from the ocean that I later figured out. From the ocean. the trash we all produce no matter where we are. Eventually, it all ends up in the oceans and pollutes the little islands.
Anyway, we can still change!
Plastic-free diet is a great first small step you can take to make a big difference.
The plastic-free diet
The process with this diet is just like with any other diet. First, you need to figure out the amount of damage that’s been done (just like stepping on a scale and see the proper numbers), find out what to stop consuming (this time it won’t be carbs) and finally replace it. Simple as that. 🙂
First, know what’s the damage
Let’s look at the numbers!
- According to the Guardian, since 1950, 8,3 tons of plastic has been produced. Only 9% these have been recycled. Also, plastics can be recycled only once (downcycled) so even those 9% will end up in the landfill eventually.
- An average person eats around 70 000 microplastics each year. Of course, this is a very general estimation because microplastics are found mostly in fish and seafood. If you don’t eat these, you should be all good.
- National Geographic says that if we keep increasing our plastic waste at its current rate, by 2050, there’ll be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. CRAZY!!!
- Plastic is killing 1 million seabirds and animals every minute.
- Over the last ten years, we’ve produced more plastic than during the whole last century. …Do you also remember bringing your glass water bottle to school before the whole plastic wave?
- It takes 500 – 1000 years for plastic to degrade. Yes, yes your very convenient takeaway box will still be hanging out there in 100 years.
- Six out of seven marine turtles are in danger because of the marine plastics and 100 000 of them die annually. You can read more about this on the Bali sea turtle society’s website.
No worries though. With our and your effort too, it’s all going to be good again!
I don’t mean to be depressing like all those documentaries on Tv. There are heaps of us working our butts off to make a change. In fact, you might have noticed that zero-waste and plastic-free products, services are becoming highly trendy nowadays. Even Bratislava (a city 100 years behind in everything) is getting its very own bulk stores and package-free options.
More and more people prefer choosing eco-friendly products. You’re not alone in this. 😉
So, if you’re ready to make a difference, and join us for the challenge of the plastic-free diet, make sure to read my PART 2! I give you all the necessary details, my personal tips, and insights.
Stay tuned, and as always enjoy the journey!
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