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What is Plastic Pollution?

Plastic pollution is a term that refers to any form of plastic that ends up in our environment. Plastics are cheap and capable of being stretched into any shape; plastics are also strong and very durable.

Did you know that every product we purchase leaves an environmental footprint? Materials used to create products produces pollution. Pollution is outsourced from manufacturing the same products we use. The packaging of products tend to end up in Landfills, when you’re thinking of purchasing products, please ensure you think twice before buying, ask yourself if it is a necessity? If so, we urge you to purchase used products in good conditions instead of brand new ones, and look out for products that come with minimal packaging.

However, plastics are known to negatively impact our oceans and wildlife. According to the independent, “by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish and 99 per cent of all the seabirds on the planet will have consumed some”. There are currently 51 trillion micro-plastic particles in our oceans this is 500 times more than the stars in our galaxy. Plastics are also toxic, so when plastic bags are floating around in our oceans they are easily mistaken by seagulls and sea turtles as something to snack on… so once they ingest this harmful toxin it tends to kills them off.

Plastics contaminates our air, the making of plastics produces a lot of footprint resulting in polluting our planet. This is why we often urge those to go plastic free as we want to sustain the planet we are living in. Plastic free alternatives include Stainless steel, Glass, Platinum Silicone, Wood, Bamboo and wood; these alternatives are all reusable for things such as food, beverage , tableware and homemade gifts.

Plastic pollution has become such a phenomenon that the local governments implements legislations that fine those who are caught littering… this fine can go up to a maximum of £2,500.

On the 5th of October 2015, local governments implemented a law that requires supermarkets in the UK to charge 5p per plastic bag… in attempt to reduce the amount of plastic bags used by customers. This regulation also manages to get customers to reuse plastic bags since they are now aware that a charge will be applied each time they are in need of plastic bags to carry their shopping.

Going plastic free is better for our environment as wildlife will be able to live on without any disruptions to our ecosystem. The plastic free alternative not only benefits our wildlife but also improves our bodies and way of living, we should be thinking about the amount of toxins that are in plastics and then imagining all the harmful chemicals entering our bodies. Living under a plastic free environment results in waste reduction and saves money for our communities. Higher quality products will also be produced as a result, Plastics are made cheap for a reason… they don’t last long in comparison to products made from glass, steel or cloth that are higher in quality and have a long life cycle.

 

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