Why do we need to reduce plastic consumption?

April 2023

It’s not so long ago that plastic was hailed as a marvel of modern times. However, it’s now a global environmental crisis.

The widespread use of plastic has led to pollution, ecosystem damage, and harmful impacts on both wildlife and humans.

It is crucial we all do our part to reduce our reliance on plastic for the sake of our planet and future generations.

Plastic Pollution is Choking Our Oceans and Wildlife

Plastic waste is persistently polluting our oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic items such as bottles, bags, and straws are among the most common items found during beach clean-ups.

These plastics will likely remain in the environment for hundreds of years, posing a threat to marine life. Marine life is particularly affected with sea turtles, whales, seabirds, and other creatures at risk of becoming entangled in plastic debris – often with fatal results.

Plastic Contributes to Climate Change

The production of plastic is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The extraction, refining, and manufacturing of plastic require significant energy inputs, primarily from fossil fuels.

In addition, the decomposition of plastic waste in landfills and oceans releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. As plastic production continues to rise, so do its carbon footprint and impact on climate change.

Plastic is Persistent and Harmful to Ecosystems

Plastics do not biodegrade; they only break down into smaller pieces known as microplastics. These microplastics can persist in the environment for hundreds of years. They can infiltrate ecosystems, disrupt natural processes, and harm wildlife, from the tiniest plankton to the largest whales. Microplastics have been found in freshwater sources, such as rivers and lakes, as well as in remote areas such as the Arctic and Antarctica, highlighting the pervasive nature of plastic pollution.

Plastic Pollutants Pose Health Risks to Humans

The impact of plastic pollution is not limited to wildlife and ecosystems; it also poses risks to human health. Microplastics can enter the human food chain through contaminated water, air, and food. Studies have shown that microplastics have been found in drinking water, seafood, salt, and even in the air we breathe. The long-term health effects of ingesting microplastics are still being studied, but evidence suggests that they may have detrimental impacts on human health, including potential harm to our organs, immune system, and reproductive system.

The good news is that reducing plastic consumption is a feasible and effective solution to tackle plastic pollution. By embracing a lifestyle that minimizes plastic use, we can collectively make a significant positive impact on the environment. Looking for more tips on how to cut down to be greener and cut down your plastic consumption? Well, we have a blog for that! And for even more tips, make sure to follow us on Instagram

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