Say No to Plastic!

Plastic destroys our environment

Plastic damages human health

Plastic threaten

Plastic ends up in
our food chain

Plastic poisons our groundwater

Plastic does NOT
go away

It is not worth it!

Did you know? While the cost of production using plastic is low, the actual long term cost to our environment is immense and one to be paid not only by this generation.

Despite plastic first coming to life in the early 20th century, it was not until the 1940s when plastic production grew dramatically. It was seen as an alternative to conserve the limited natural resources. The problem with plastic is that it does not decompose. Majority of its products are single use hence once disposed, they remain in our environment forever.
The plastic industry suggested recycling but this is far from perfect. Only about 9% of plastic gets recycled. 91% of it ends up in landfills and our oceans! Plastic debris were first spotted in the oceans in the 1960s. Today, we have the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has often been described as a swirl of plastic garbage the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. It is estimated that if we carry on this trend, by the year 2050, we will have more plastic than fish in our oceans.
Moreover, studies suggest that additives such as bisphenol A used during the manufacturing of plastics to make it more durable, flexible and transparent leach into soil and water bodies posing a risk to human health. We have to turn the tide against plastic. The time for us to act is now!

Plastics are made from non-renewable resources - The majority of plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a substance that is derived from crude oil refining and natural gas processing. Oil and natural gas are non-renewable fossil fuel-based resources and the extraction and production process emits greenhouse gases, which then contributes to global climate change.
High carbon footprint - Yes, plastic is lightweight and can be super thin. But what we have failed to realize is that it has a high carbon footprint. Meaning it has a high amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds that are emitted because of the consumption of fossil fuels during production.
Plastic bags are non-biodegradable - Plastic bags are composed of very resistant synthetic polymers that may take up to two thousand years before it decomposes. When we are long gone from this world, the plastic bag will still be here.
Only a small percentage is being recycled - About 91% of the plastics we have consumed ends up in landfills and in the ocean which harms both humans and aquatic life.
Plastic contains toxic materials - Additives in plastic leach into soil and water bodies finding their way into our food chain. The production process as well includes burning of crude oil resulting in green houses gases being released into our environment.
Plastics can cause hormonal imbalance and cancerous diseases - Since were are very exposed to toxins, there is a high possibility that it can disrupt our hormonal balance and lead to cancerous diseases.
Impact on marine and land animals - Plastic poses a serious risk to aquatic life. Sea animals mistake it for food and are not able to digest it. As a result, they end up dying due to starvation as they cannot eat anything else. Plastic also causes marine life injury as they get trapped in it. Moreover, as plastic slowly breaks down into microplastics, these tiny pieces of plastic get ingested unknowingly by both aquatic and land animals.

Simple ways to cut down on plastic

Plastic today is almost unavoidable. Almost everything we use is available in plastic form. This is because plastic is cheap and businesses focus mainly on their bottom line. It does not have to be this way though. We have the power in our hands. All we need to do is make conscious decisions on what we consume.

Below are areas and ways we can start saying no to plastic today in our everyday life.

When Shopping

  • About 500 billion plastic bags are produced annually! Bring your own reusable bag when going to the grocery store. Grocery stores tend to put your shopping in a plastic bag. This way you avoid taking away a plastic bag whenever you visit a grocery store.
  • Avoid products with excessive packaging. This sends a powerful message to brands to rethink their packaging.
  • Buy products from your local farmers market. This is a good way to get fresh, plastic free groceries.

Personal Hygiene

  • Start by swapping your plastic toothbrush. We use at least 3 toothbrushes a year. Imagine how much plastic waste that is for just one family over the years. Consider a bamboo toothbrush instead.
  • 2 Billion plastic razors are discarded every year. The vast majority of these end up in landfills. Choose metal over plastic razors.
  • Check labels of personal care products. Did you know some contain tiny plastic beads? Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient.
  • Clean with vinegar and water. A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water is an effective all-purpose spray cleaner. This way, you avoid buying plastic packaged cleaners everytime you run out.

Food handling

  • Say no to the plastic straw. Collectively, we use around 500 million straws every day! Most times, you will realise that you need not use a straw but one will be provided with your drink. Insist on paper straws if you really need to use one.
  • Ditch the plastic water bottle. Bring a reusable bottle for your water. This way, not only do you reduce plastic waste, but also save a lot in what you spend on buying water.
  • Keep your own reusable foodware at the office. Bring a plate, bowl, glass, and utensils to keep at your desk. This way, you avoid all the disposable cups, plates and cutlery in the lunchroom.

Saying NO to plastic is saying YES to our health and our planet.

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