It truly is! Plastic is a remarkable material that really does bring ease and comforts to our day-to-day lives. However, single-use plastic seems to be taking over. Everywhere you look there is a fork being offered for your on-the-go salad or straws waiting next to a till points like wide-eyed orphans. Packaging, bottles, wrapping, packaging and more packaging. Mounds of it. All the time! Have you really taken note of how much single-use plastic you are left with after a short shop at Woolies? It’s quite astounding. And this is becoming our norm.
All of the plastic that has ever been made is still inexistence today, and probably will be for a while. A lowly plastic shopping bag takes around 20 years to break up (not down), leaving chemicals and toxic particles (microplastics) behind, contaminating rivers, oceans and the guts of birds and sealife. It then moves down the food chain to us, and our children. That’s really not okay!
A plastic bottle will stick around for about 450 years! Four hundred and fifty years! One bottle! Work that one out. Now I’m I know most people probably can’t eliminate plastic out of their lives completely, you’d probably go a bit loopy trying, but we can all definitely be more aware. Enter plastic-free July!Plastic-free July aims to build awareness around single-use plastic and challenges people to do something about it, by taking action in any way they can, no matter how big or small. It’s a global campaign that makes you think about the choices you are making. Or not making. You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference. Check it out here http://www.plasticfreejuly.org and do what you can. The time is now!