today’s day and age, we do not stop to think about how much plastic we use every day. From the time we wake up to the time we sleep, there are probably dozens of plastic items that we come across and use. Most of these things are used once and then thrown away.
India generates about 26000 tonnes of plastic waste every day. Unfortunately, more than 40% of this remains uncollected. Every individual in this country generates 40 Kgs of plastic waste every year.
Single-use plastics make up 50 percent of the plastic litter that reaches our oceans. Once plastic enters the ocean it becomes almost impossible to get rid of it and it leads to animals eating or getting entangled in that plastic. They also get severely affected by harmful chemicals that come off of the plastics. The impact of the plastics that we use and throw are not just limited to one type o animal. Whales, turtles, sea lions, fish, birds and the tiniest plankton are all affected. Therefore it is about time that we start limiting the use of plastic, especially at our homes.
- Avoid plastic water bottles– We must understand that plastic never really disappears. It breaks apart into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics and it takes 450 years for one plastic bottle to break apart in the ocean. Therefore using a reusable water bottle or thermos is a simple change that we can all make at home.
- Carry a reusable grocery bag– While going grocery shopping, buying fruits and vegetables and also storing them in the refrigerator; we must use an alternative to save the environment and our oceans. Let’s start carrying reusable bags or cotton bags along to have them handy whenever needed.
- Avoid plastic straws– The best thing to do to avoid straws completely is use paper straws, bamboo straws or re-usable steel straws. Another drastic change that you can bring is by refusing to use a straw at a restaurant that serves a plastic straw.
- Pack your lunch wisely– Instead of using plastic wrap and plastic bags for your lunch, you can opt to for a glass container that can be used over and over again. You can try wrapping your rotis in pieces of fabric and use wooden spoons and cutlery instead of plastic ones.
- Avoid plastics in your home utilities as well as clothing– Many of our clothing synthetic fibers contain plastic. We must try to opt for natural fiber clothing like cotton, wool, linen, etc. over synthetics like polyester and lycra. For home utilities, we should prefer biodegradable sanitary napkins, disposable razors, eco-friendly pencils, and disposable dinnerware for parties. Some of these small changes can make a big difference.
“Don’t laminate the earth”
We are all aware of the benefits plastic has provided to society like the plastic car parts that made cars lighter and more fuel efficient, and plastic insulation that has made our homes more energy efficient. But the pieces of plastic that are everywhere in oceans are extremely harmful to animals and for our environment. Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year and by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fishes in the ocean. So let’s all pledge to make the world a healthier place. Teach your children what is the right thing to do and reduce how much plastic we use every day at our homes.
Let’s Save the World “Together”