The ghost of this pelican, whose stomach is full of *human-made* plastic, wishes you would.
Plastics, once hailed as a life-saving, labor-saving material, have become so ubiquitous, that they are stating to do the opposite: clogging landfills, filling the oceans, choking wildlife and fish, and breaking down into smaller and ever smaller bits until micro-plastics have been found in human food. Not to forget mentioning children who are forced to live in mountains of plastic trash or near dumps due to poverty and other circumstances beyond their control
Every seems to be made of, packaged in, wrapped in, topped with plastic.
From the Plastic-Free July website:
"The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.
- break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
- are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
- ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
- end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
- transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
- increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Thus, even though I try to be as plastic-free every month of the year that I can, I have become lazy lately and have been slipping up: convenience is a very powerful and addictive "drug" and I notice that my monthly trash jars have more plastic in them lately and all for the want of a quick sandwich from the deli
when, in fact, I have plenty of tasty sandwich fixings at home.
Please join me at www.instagram.com/debgoesgreen this month as I try to re-reduce my single-use plastic.