It’s that time of year, again, where all the spooky things come out of hiding. And one scary thing that is VERY scary is the realization that it is impossible to escape …. Plastic. I know. I know. I’m sorry that I scared. I’m sure your bones are shivering in your skin right now. But plastic is literally at yours and my fingertips all day long. And unfortunately, plastic is an epidemic that pollutes the entire world.
Not only does plastic choke out and release toxins into our earth, plants, and animals, but it severally affects our health too. If you are not scared yet, then listen to my list of preposterous facts about plastic pollution.
Are you ready? Because I’d sit down with your favorite blanket and hot drink right now if I was you.
Alright, here we go.
Over the last ten years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. (That’s a lot of plastic).
50 percent of the plastic we us e, we use just once and throw away. (That’s pretty wasteful).
Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. (That’s a lot of plastic).
Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one-liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world. (That’s insane).
Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used e very minute. (That’s a lot of plastic).
It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade (That’s a long time).
Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. (That’s a lot of plastic).
One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. (Poor birdies).
In samples collected in Lake Erie, 85 percent of the plastic particles were smaller than two-tenths of an inch, and much of that was microscopic. (That’s super small plastic).
Virtually every piece of plastic that has ever made still exists in some shape (That’s A LOT of plastic).
Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA, a plastic chemical that can alter your hormones. (That is very frightening.)
So, did I scare you? Are you shaking in your sit or Are. You. NUMB? This plastic epidemic should scare you. If it doesn’t, then I’m sorry that you are desensitized.
Here are a couple ways to RISE ABOVE plastic.
Seek out alternatives to plastic items that you rely on. Choose items made from cloth, metal, glass, etc. Things that are durable and will last.
Choose to reuse when it comes to everything.
Refuse single-serve plastic packaging. This means like plastic straws, cups, utensils.
If you do use plastic, make sure it is recyclable.
Spread the word. Advocate. Volunteer for clean-ups. Make it known to the world how harmful plastic can be.
As a person who advocates for clean, sustainable lifestyles, I give you permission to yell at anyone who uses plastic wastefully. How dare they ruin our world.
Anyway, that you so much for watching my video today. I hope to catch you next week. Have a beautiful day and Happy Halloween!
Take care of yourself <3
EcoWatch - 22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It): https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html