Boycott single-use plastics TODAY
I read a disturbing story shared by a friend on Facebook. Our planet is congested with our garbage and there seems to be no end. As we live, we consume and create more rubbish. Did you know that in the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than in the whole of the last century? Do you know that the plastic thrown away each year is enough to circle the globe four times? And that it takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade? There’s plastic in literally everything we use and it would need responsible action from both consumers and manufacturers to reduce this toxic waste.
However, you can start helping right now by boycotting single use plastics. They serve no other purpose than our convenience and are the numbers are huge in volume because they need to be used just once. So from today onwards let’s boycott:
- Plastic straws: Americans alone use 500 million plastic straws EVERYDAY - that’s 175 billion straws each year in landfills and oceans. Start by never using a straw and encouraging your friends to do the same. If you run a restaurant, become a part of this movement by giving a straw only when your customer asks for it, and educating them about it.
- Mineral water bottles: These are the worst because a huge amount of fossil fuel is used to make each bottle. Say no to drinking water, juices, sodas in plastic bottles. Use glass or metal bottles and give up a brand beverage if its only available in plastic - its the least we can do for our environment.
- Plastic bags: Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means more than a million bags are used EVERY MINUTE. So the next time you’re using a plastic bag don’t think that it’s just one of a million so who cares. Think about it adding more to this shocking number. Stop using plastic bags now. Carry a cloth bag to buy provisions, educate your help, and educate your friends.
Please share this post so we can get more people to stop using single use plastics. Let’s do this now, because our planet needs us.
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