Our world, animals and bodies are choking on plastic, but we have the power to change that.
With science awakening us to frightening facts about plastic pollution, the reasons for avoiding plastic are forever multiplying. Yes, it can seem overwhelming, however products made from natural materials are an alternative that bring so much hope.
Why we Need to Avoid Plastics
We are told that “32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually... flows into our oceans.” This fact from Earthday.org is made even more concerning by the reality that if nothing changes, by 2050 “there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.” This is only 31 years away.
We witness the pain which plastics cause our marine life through online images. As National Geographic tells us, plastics “block digestive tracts” and in many cases, fill the stomachs of our marine life, leaving them to starve and die. And what happens when plastics break down?
As our plastic bottles, straws, toothbrushes and food packaging breaks down, they turn into microplastics. These tiny pieces of plastic exist in our oceans, water, air and even the fish we eat. They are everywhere, including our bodies!
Yes, these facts are hard to swallow, especially since our busy lives don’t often give us daily evidence of plastic pollution. It’s too easy to not consider where a plastic straw, cotton bud or disposable fork may end up.
But there is a simple solution: Avoid plastics (especially single-use plastics) all together. Without them in our daily routines, they never make it into the oceans and marine life. They certainly never break down into microplastics.
Let’s give up the plastic straw, cotton bud and disposable cutlery, not only for the sake of our natural environment, but maybe even for ourselves too. In doing so, we are not just avoiding the use of plastic. There are also benefits in using products made from natural materials.
The Benefits of Using Products Made from Natural Materials
Firstly, through using products made from natural materials, we are reducing our negative impact on the environment. This begins during the manufacturing process, with less polluting chemicals being released into the environment.
It continues when products have reached the end of their lifespan and are discarded. Products made from natural materials break down in a way which is far friendlier to our natural environment. They have little to no impact on the health and wellbeing of animals and of us humans. While this is so important, there is another benefit to using products made from natural materials.
When we purchase and use products made from natural materials, we no longer support the plastic industry. This use of purchasing power allows consumers to have a say in the state of our natural world. Through purchasing products made from natural materials, the plastic industry will naturally decline.
So, there is so much hope. Let’s not invest in plastic, but rather in the health and wellness of our animals, our planet and ourselves.