Every single piece of plastic made, still exists.
It takes about 450 years for synthetic material to decompose and since 1950 we’ve already produced 3,8 million tons of it. If we continue or even increase the use and waste of plastic it won’t take long until we drown in plastic.
There are plastic islands as big as France and Germany together in every ocean on our earth.
Sea animals die of starvation with their stomach full of plastic they mistake as food.
Beaches at the most beautiful places in the world are overfloated with garbage that gets thrown into the sea by ships or into rivers that flow into the oceans.
You wonder what it has to do with you?
You put all your garbage in trash bins and it gets recycled – that’s only one part of the truth.
We produce so much waste in the industrial countries that we export it to other countries to get rid of it. 2015 Germany exported 600.000 tons of synthetic waste to China. Now that our waste is not in our country anymore we can’t control what is done with it.
55% of our waste gets burned. A great way to get rid of it quickly, without needing huge landfills or risking that it lands in the ocean – But on the side, toxic chemicals emit and pollute our air.
I know that the garbage from developing countries mostly ends up in our oceans, but I am sure that even small changes and being attentive to our own consumption can help.
It’s not just them
70.000 m³ waste from ships and fishing boats end up in the North Sea every year.
Synthetic clothes lose 2.000 pieces of fibre per wash and 500 tons of microplastic from peelings and other beauty products ends up in our sewage.
Wastelands in nature – not just in developing countries but in our neighbourhood and at our beaches. Takeaway food packaging, cigarette ends, candy wrapper, chewing gums, drinking bottles and more.
What can we do?
Be aware of your consumption.
If you use less, you can waste less. Especially try to avoid single-use plastic. 78 million tons of plastic packaging is produced every year – one-third ends up in our nature. I know it’s super hard to reduce something that seems to be EVERYWHERE and I am not super good at it myself and I really want to work on it more and more, but there are small things that are not hard to change and that have an impact as well. Start small and get better!
I already made a blog post about 5 eco-friendly swaps everyone should use. Things that really aren’t that hard to incorporate in your day to day life. I’ll soon make another post about reducing plastic in our bathroom and using sustainable, zero-waste products – stay tuned!
Talk to others about this problem.
When more and more people start to make small changes they add up to great results. For example, share this blog post or my 5 eco-friendly must-haves so that more people can learn and improve!
Take your garbage with you.
I’m pretty sure that you, my readers, are intelligent enough to not throw takeaway food containers out of your car window on the roadside. And we can’t convince others if they are not willing to understand, but we can be a good example. And yes that sometimes means cleaning the disgusting garbage of others…but you can feel great about it afterwards!
Stop using chemical beauty products.
Products that contain synthetical peeling pieces, glitter and such. It’s not just very unhealthy for your body (because our skin absorbs them as well), but it’s also so small that it easily ends up in our groundwater and until now it’s not sure what consequences it has for our nature and organism. But it has already been linked to bad fertility.
Stop supporting wild fishing.
Until recently my family thought wild fish is healthier than farmed fish. On one hand that’s true because it has less fat and ate more natural than farmed and fed fish. But on the other hand, wild fish lives in our oceans, seas and lakes that are polluted with microplastic and waste. Our oceans contain 6 times more plastic than plankton and the marine life easily mistake it. And so do we mistake these animals as our food and the plastic ends up in our body as well.
But you should not only refuse fishing for health reasons. It is a major reason for garbage, chemicals and oils in our oceans and sea animals, as well as reefs, get killed/destroyed by lost fishing nets.
These pictures are made by Katja from amoureuxee and I am very proud that we could transfer this topic into these wonderful and aesthetic pictures!
This subject is very important to me and I want to better myself and take you guys along with me on my journey to more sustainability here on my blog. I hope you are interested in more information, DIYs and tips!
Plastic is a huge topic and everybody that loves nature, animals, is aware of their own health or the health of mother earth needs to occupy oneself with it. So start yourself now, every little change is an improvement and together it will be huge.
We need to change, otherwise, we’ll drown in plastic.
Source for the numbers and facts: here.