Look around you. There’s plastic everywhere.
You’ll find numerous plastic shopping bags tucked away in the corner of your pantry, multiple haircare, skincare and other products in plastic containers stored in your bathroom and a generous amount of plastic soda bottles and other food packaging in the fridge. When you visit the local super market, you’ll find that it’s very difficult to shop plastic-free. Almost every piece of food or product is wrapped in plastic or comes in an unnecessarily big plastic container. It’s everywhere around us and it causes major plastic pollution that affects our (marine) animals, our environment and, indirectly, even our own food.
What causes plastic pollution?
Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic waste in nature and the ocean. It affects wildlife and their habitat and indirectly also our own health. Due to the fact that plastic doesn’t degrade biologically, the waste builds up and releases toxins. Plastic pollution is cause by us humans and our way of life. Plastic is used almost everywhere because it’s cheap and durable. It’s used as packaging for food, beverages, beauty products, home utilities, cans, bags and so much more. Getting rid of plastic is a very tricky thing, as it causes pollution in every way. Disposing it pollutes the land, dumping it into the water causes the release of toxins in the ocean, and burning it pollutes the air. Seems like we can’t win. That’s why we need to be aware of this major issue and actively increase recycle possibilities.
What can I do against plastic pollution?
To fight plastic pollution, there’s a lot of things we can do. Some of these things are as easy as swapping your usual disposable plastic grocery bag for a reusable fabric one. We need to actively reduce the purchase and disposal of plastic pieces. Stop buying disposable products like makeup wipes, cleaning wipes, cotton swabs and plastic utensils and straws. Make sure to separate your plastic waste from your other trash so it can be recycled. When grocery shopping, pick products in paper wrappings over products in plastic packaging to support the companies that are trying to fight plastic pollution by chancing their packaging.
Waste2Wear is working hard on collecting plastic waste and turning it into great textile innovations: high twisted yarn and a wide variety of fabrics so we can make great clothes and strong bags from it. That way we can reuse plastic and make sure it doesn’t end up in the ocean. And last but not least: spread awareness around you. Some people might not know how serious this issue is, so try to educate them and show them how easy it is to make a difference. Together we can fight plastic pollution.
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