Let’s cut down on those nasty plastics, shall we?! Yes, the plastic-free living 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 to start with. The plastic-free diet!
How do you start your plastic-free living journey?
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. Every time I see the loads of trash around me on the beach and in the ocean, I feel quite guilty. And I know you as well if you’re reading this post.
The plastic-free diet
The plastic-free diet is just like any other diet. You refuse the plastics and replace them with something healthy. Healthy for the planet and you too. The best way to replace the plastics is to bring your own containers and have your zero-waste kit always with you. You can find out more about this in this post.
At first, it might feel quite restrictive. You might feel like you can’t eat out with your friends anymore. Though once you find your system you’ll see it more as a self-developing creative process.
The simple reason that got me started
As a little kid, every summer we used to go for a family holiday to Croatia. I remember asking my dad, how was it possible that there was so much rubbish 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! Imagine the awesome Koh Rong Sanloem in Cambodia. Hopefully, this one is far enough.
Back when I was there, you could find only sandy roads. No cars, and maybe around 20 people staying there (including tourists in low season). Pure wilderness! However, still incredibly polluted. When you go to the jungle you’ll find trash under the trees, plastics on the beach, and aah I don’t even want to continue.
How an island with only a few people can be so heavily polluted?
I couldn’t get from where was all that rubbish coming from. Those few people living there couldn’t have produced such amounts of garbage. Later though I realized that lots of it came from the ocean. From us. The smart pants in Europe and all the western world too. The trash we all produce no matter where we are goes to the waterways and will eventually, end up in the ocean and polluting also the little islands. Just so that we don’t see the rubbish around us that much in the western countries it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Anyway, I believe we can still change!
Plastic-free diet is a great first small step you can take to make a big difference.
So, 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 the our best effort and some positive thinking , it’s all going to be good again!
I don’t mean to be depressing like all those documentaries on Tv. There’s all the time more and more of us working hard 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. 😉
Enjoy the journey!
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