Today, I’m talking about plastic and doing the #PlasticChallenge.
Every piece of trash has a history; each discarded teddy bear or a broken bicycle has a story behind it.
A landfill acts like a living breathing thing. The whole system is a big ecosystem. Microbes break down the organic garbage into its constituent chemicals. Metal corrodes and dissolves. Almost everything returns to the earth. Except…. Plastic. Plastic only breaks down into little pieces of plastic. It never fully dissolves or changes its chemicals constituents. It just is. It’s the intruder. The death of the ecosystem. The cycle block of an ever-changing world. It just doesn’t go away.
The United States wastes the most plastic per person out of every other country on Earth. This news probably isn’t new to you. But take a look at these charts. (https://www.npr.org/2018/07/24/627505327/meet-the-woman-who-put-plastic-waste-on-the-map)
Indonesia produces about 46 pounds of plastic waste per person. The Philippines produces about 60 pounds of plastic waste per person. Vietnam produces about 83 pounds of plastic waste per person. China produces about 97 pounds of plastic waste per person.
How much does the United States produce per person? 270 pounds of plastic waste! 270! That is almost three times as much as China! Our only saving grace is that the United States can manage our plastic pollution a lot better than other countries. Meaning, a lot of our plastic waste actually makes it to a landfill or to a recycling center. But that does NOT I’m handing our invitations to use more plastic. Plastic is still the death of the whole landfill ecosystem.
Back to the plastic challenge. How much plastic do you touch on a daily basis? I’m going to show you everything I touch that is plastic in the last 24 hours.
I touched about 80+ piece of plastic in the last 24hours. How much plastic do you touch on a daily basis? Do the challenge and record your plastic number and post to social media your number, the #PlasticChallenge, and tag me (@cut.fluff).
How do you feel about your plastic waste? I’ll admit it. Some days I feel ashamed of how much plastic I use. But then I stop and remind myself that I’m doing the best I can, given where I live and what is available. No one’s perfect.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you next week and all your lovely posts.
Have a beautiful day and take care of yourself <3
- We're Drowning In Plastic Trash: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/24/627505327/meet-the-woman-who-put-plastic-waste-on-the-map