According to the study, the volume of plastic that leaks into the oceans each year is approximately 10 million tonnes, which is equivalent to 23,000 Boeing 747 aircraft landing in the seas and oceans each year – more than 60 a day.
At this rate, until 2030, we will find the equivalent of 26,000 plastic bottles in the sea every km2. This could result in more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. Do you believe?
Plastic waste in soils and rivers is estimated to be even greater than in the oceans, impacting the lives of many animals and contaminating diverse ecosystems, now covering the four corners of the world – including Antarctica.
The solutions to this problem must involve all sectors of society – governments, industries, companies, Third Sector organizations and individuals – as well as all stages of the system: production, consumption, disposal, treatment and reuse of plastic.
We need everyone involved and our individual participation is very important too!
Do you know how to reduce (or even eliminate) plastic consumption in your daily life? Below there are some tips:
1) Use returnable bags
Always have a cloth or returnable bag with you, so you won’t need to use plastic bags very often.
2) Prioritize purchases
You can buy rice, beans, flours, fruits, vegetables and more in bulk stores, which sell them in large containers, without fractional packaging. Take fabric bags and / or reusable pots from home!
3) Avoid buying fruit wrapped in plastic
The best protection for fruits and vegetables is the peel itself. No bark takes thousands of years to biodegrade!
4) Carry your reuse utensils with you
Have a zero waste kit always with you – cutlery, fabric napkin,
straw (glass, bamboo or stainless steel) etc. If you spend most of the day on the street, having such a kit will save you from using a lot of unnecessary plastic!
5) Have a little bottle of water
It is really important to have your own bottle of water always at hand, with this you will not buy plastic bottles of water.
6) Use bags made of newspaper in the household trash
If you do not purchase plastic bags, you can use newspapers or bread bags to line your household trash to collect dry garbage. The organic can be easily composted!
7) Replace foil and aluminum paper with wax packaging
If you are new to wax packaging, you need to! Like a fabric, it adheres to the shape you want, is reusable (lasts a long time!) And biodegradable.
8) Use glass jars in your kitchen
You can use glass to store food in the refrigerator, store cookies in the pantry, take lunchbox or store seasonings.
Glass jars are the best options, they can be beautiful and more resistant.
9) Replace the synthetic sponge with the vegetable sponge
Do you know that synthetic sponges take thousands of years to decompose and generate a huge environmental impact?
While vegetable bushings are fruits of a plant – that’s right!
Also, They are biodegradable and compostable. It was easy to choose, right?
10) Do you use cosmetics with synthetic scrubs? It’s time to stop!
Many cosmetics carry plastic in their manufacture, and some exfoliants are no exception. To reduce the consumption of plastic with these products, you can resort to the option of making your own natural exfoliants, using coffee powder, or made using simple recipe.
11) Practice upcycling
Have you heard of upcycling? It is a Do It Yourself practice that consists of rethinking new functions for old objects. So, many plastic products, instead of going to waste, can be used for other things in your home, such as decoration. Let your imagination run wild and start practicing upcycling with what you have at home!
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