It’s soon Halloween, meaning lots of plastic waste, and then we get Christmas, when there is even more of it. We surely all know the plastic message now. If not, here’s some info:
The National Geographic says:
THE WORLD HAS a plastic pollution problem and it’s snowballing—but so is public awareness and action.
Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All that plastic is causing harm to the creatures that live in the ocean, from coral reefs smothered in bags, to turtles gagging on straws, to whales and seabirds that starve because their bellies are so jammed with bits of plastic that there’s no room for real food.
People are also beginning to take notice as these bits of plastic are entering the human food chain.
What are we going to do about it though?
There is all manner of suggestions to alleviate our dependent relationship with single-use plastics, but one which keeps entering my mind over and again is to reduce the amount we buy in the first place. I know Keynes would not be keen on such a low-demand approach. Also, people won’t go for a low-spend Christmas, so the next best thing is to be thoughtful about what you buy.
The Trash is for Tossers website suggests a few ideas for a low-impact Halloween. Worth a visit.
Then there’s Christmas. Any ideas for less waste during the massive purchase fest? Ideas on the website, please.