Why should I avoid plastic?

Why should I avoid Plastic?  I mean, it’s everywhere right? It makes stuff cheaper, its convenient…

Way back in 2008 it was plastic that got us started on the journey that lead to Wikaniko being created, and…pretty much everything since.

We read an article about an ‘Island of plastic’ that had been discovered in the Atlantic ocean. Just masses of plastic waste, all floating around together because of ocean currents.

At the time we envisaged more of an actual, you can walk across it island, but we now know that its more of a soup and, that the problem is much worse.

Now, you’d have to have been living on that hypothetical plastic island for the last 12 years to have not heard about the problem with plastic.

Before we read the article we had never  given much thought to what happens to all the ‘stuff’ we threw away.
But it wasn’t long  before we came to the conclusion that for some things there is no ‘away’

But why is it such a problem? Can’t we just recycle the plastic?

Many plastic items are recyclable. But do not get recycled. There are several reasons for this –
  • The increase in the use of plastic has fast outpaced the systems that are supposed to deal with it.
  • Plastic waste is often contaminated ie. by being mixed with non recyclables, not being cleaned etc.
  • And of course plastic finding its way into the environment through being disposed of irresponsibly or just being washed or blown away.

According to National Geographic, only 9% of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled.

12% has been incinerated
Leaving a whopping 79% in landfill or the environment.

And this is not a small amount in fact in 60 odd years 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been created.
And almost all of it, is still here.

The other problem is, that plastic is not infinitely recyclable. It’s quality degrades with every transformation. So eventually it will have to be discarded.

And if we keep going at the rate we are, it’s thought that by 2050 there will be 12 Billion tonnes of plastic. That is a lot of extra plastic in a short space of time, in a system that already can’t cope with it.

What can we do?

The good news is there is more than one way to tackle this problem.

We support companies like BioD though who are makinLavender Washing Up Liquidg use of the plastic that is already in existence for their eco cleaning and laundry products.

All their bottles are made of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic.

The same is true for Faith in Natures Hair care and Body Washes.Faith in Nature Vegan Natural Dragon Fruit Conditioner

Because moving away from our acute dependency on plastic has to be part of the solution  – but so does making use of what we have already created.

One of the biggest immediate problems is items of disposable plastic, things that are used once and for the briefest of times. Things like bottles of water, disposable coffee cups, clingfilm… etc etc.

The great news is though, these are also some of the easiest to solve, because we can use;reusable Insulated Drinks Bottle

reusable drinks bottles,

re-usable coffee cups,

beeswax or Vegan food wraps..Beeswax wrap vegan alternative

There are so many solutions out there now that are no great hardship to work into our lives.

This is a problem that we can tackle on an individual level. We have the power to change this. To reduce this problem and our dependency on plastic.

We just have to choose to do so.

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