Welcome to the plastic world, where plastic is found in every every nook and cranny of the planet.
How Much Plastic Is Being Produced?
Between 1950 & 2015, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced, can you imagine that?
Probably not, just imagine that this figure means that there’s actually enough for each human being on the entire planet to own a ton of plastic each and even then, there will still be about 500 million ton spare. What would you do with that amount of plastic if you owned it?
Most os us wouldn’t be able to store it, I mean we don’t even have a garden to keep it in. Can’t sell it because most of it isn’t recyclable and everybody else has a ton of it anyway.
The Everyday Plastic Issue
We find it unbelievable that we now live in a country where every household has access to clean drinkable water from the tap but still, water in plastic bottles is a growing market?
It’s absurd that as a population we are paying companies to transfer water from a tap to a plastic bottle… Wrapped in more plastic packaging just to scan the barcode, only to then end up unwanted on our lands and waters… You can read more about our frustrations with plastic bottles, and how you can avoid them in our article here.
6.3 billion tons of plastic has unfortunately ended up as waste… Filling landfills, seas, oceans, parks, deserts, streets and even inside of living organisms as little as plankton – an organism so small that you need a microscope to see it.
Almost another 1 billion ton has been incinerated – which mother nature ain’t so happy about and neither are we.
Now to shine a little light on the subject, the rest of that waste (1 million) was recycled – but that’s a mere little 9%. Kinda low compared to all that plastic used just once, huh?
And so we see the devastating effects of this plague all over the news, including baby whales being found with 50 pounds of plastic inside of them (baby whale can weigh up to 3 tonnes), birds caught in plastic bags/fish nets and the litter carelessly dumped everywhere and anywhere.
With all this news coverage, you might be asking (or we should be asking) – why is so little being done?
We live in a world where it’s easier to buy a cucumber wrapped in plastic than one that isn’t… It’s more convenient to buy and produce everyday products that harm our planet in some way, than those that don’t.
Why Is Plastic So Common?
The main reason is that it’s cheap to make, and it’s very convenient. Not just for the consumer, but also the manufacturer and people selling these products to us.
We’re fed up with buying one broccoli draped in this poison, only to go home and throw the plastic straight in the bin, knowing that the piece of plastic will end up in a landfill or eventually find its way to the ocean.
We’re not standing for this any longer. Through research and some observations around a few supermarkets we have found some alternatives on how we can reduce our plastic waste.
This includes local markets, local businesses with sustainable values and online shops that offer alternatives.
In our next blog post, we have covered the areas and options available to give you a little bit of inspiration and where to look for alternatives!
PEACE + LOVE XO
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