PLASTICFREE

Drowning in Plastic

 

This documentary was a difficult watch, showing the devastating harm the accumulation of years of plastic has caused the environment and especially marine animals.

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Image from https://www.bakerswaste.co.uk/drowning-in-plastic/

 

Some scenes were so distressing it was hard to watch, it’s heart reaching to see animals suffer from human consumption, the worst is it’s all preventable. We could have all stopped it from getting as bad as it currently is.


It was inspiring to see people trying to create inovative materials for plastic such as using seaweed, biodegradable products are the way forward especially for alternatives to single use plastics. The ocean clean up inventions looks very promising even though most are in the early stages, at lest there’s hope for cleaning the amount of waste destroying the oceans and marine life.

 

Marine life are often eating plastic and micro plastics instead of fish, mistaking plastic-bags for jelly fish. These plastics are terrible for there health, weighing birds down so they can’t fly slowing killing them. Most injury’s inflicted on the animals are due to them getting caught in plastic waste, leaving them with horrible injures or trapping them in the fishing nets. It is so severe it is effecting the food chain with plastics been found in remote places like Antarctica.


What can we do to help:

| Refuse single use plastics

| Use reusable items such as water bottles, coffee cups, shopping bags, metal straws

| Shop organic natural materials avoid plastic fabrics

| If washing synthetic clothing put them in a net bag to catch the Micro fibres

| Wash clothing less, do spot cleaning instead of washing the whole garment and hang them out to dry

| Raise awareness

| Help with beach clean ups, local plastic clean ups

| Read labels and recycle

| Buy items in bulk in glass jars and avoid items wrapped in plastic

| Find out about your local recycling see what items you can recycle at home and which you can take to a recycling center.


We can all do more to save this planet. Our home.


BBC plastic action


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bmbn47

 

Chasing Coral

 

Wow just wow!

I instantly clicked on this film on Netflix thinking I would see beautiful imagery of coral reefs. But instead I learned that climate change is killing these amazing coral reefs and we need to do something about it!

 

My first action is awareness, I didn't know that coal reef would be as bad as it is and I'm sure a lot of other people don't know either. So I'm telling you all to watch this program. The more awareness and education people have means we can all try do something to change us losing an amazing ecosystem and home for the aquamarine life.

 

25% of coral has been bleached (died) in 30 years which means another 30 years we might not have any coral reef

 

 https://www.chasingcoral.com/

 

Want to take action read more about it here

 https://www.chasingcoral.com/take-action/

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Plastic Pollution

 

The ban on plastic micro beads has eventually happened in the UK. This is a massive step forward in the right direction, we are now hoping the same ban will be happening soon for single use plastics!

 

What are microbeads? 

Micro beads are small beads of plastic usually found in products like face scrubs and toothpastes.  They are not degradable, once these plastic beads are made they last forever, so you can imagine how many are already in circulation today. 

 

What is wrong with microbeads, why are they harmful? 

When using products with mircobeads in them, such as a face scrub, they are then washed away with water so these micro beads enter the water system. This then ends up in the sea, all sea life are eating these micro beads thinking it’s food,  when in fact it is harmfull plastics which they cannot digest. Then humans who choose to eat fish are actually ingesting plastic contaminated fish.   

 

The great thing is they are now banned to be used in products, but this doesn’t solve the problem of the thousands of microbeads already in the world, harming nature and the wildlife. 

 

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Image from https://inhabitat.com/tag/plastic-pollution/ 

 

The other main problem with plastics are single-use plastics. 

 

What are single-use plastics ? 

These are plastics that are made to only use once then thrown away.  Items such as: bottles of water, coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, shopping bags, takaway containers and packaging.

 

Why are single-use plastics bad to use?.

There is quiet a few reasons Single-use Plastics are bad for the environment. They are not biodegradable the life span of a plastic bottle is 450 years. All the plastics that were ever made are still around today. Most people don’t recycle them correctly and they end up as landfill. It is destroying all our ecosystems, leaching toxins into the environment. Animals are eating these plastics thinking there food which is bad for their health and lifespan. 

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Image from http://www.spotusa.org/recycle.html

 

The most heartbreaking thing is this can all be avoided! 

 

What you can do to use less plastic? 

 

- Invest in a reusable water bottle & coffee cup (some coffee shops give you discount if you bring your own cup)

 

- Be aware of packaging when purchasing food, you can get the same fruit and veg without the excess plastic.

 

- Take a reusable shopping bag with you everywhere, to save buying a plastic bag.

 

- Change your hand-wash, body wash and shampoo to solid bars of soap.

 

- Purchase a bamboo toothbrush.

 

- Refuse to use straws when you’re out, you can also buy reusable metal straws. 

 

- If you still have some plastic at least recycle them correctly.

 

There is so much you can do you reduce your plastic usage and help the planet.

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