Plastic society

Why do we have to use so much plastic?

We go to supermarkets and buy fruit on plastic wrapped polystyrene containers; we pull off a plastic bag to put our vegetable into; we buy plastic containers with dry products inside instead of buying them loose and putting them into a paper bag.

If we forget (or cannot be bothered to get) our recyclable bags, our purchases are put into plastic bags.

When we buy lunch we take it away in plastic containers inside plastic bags. I could add more (and please feel free to do so) but I think you get the point.

Why are things like cell phones made in such a way that it is almost impossible to recycle their components when we get rid of them. Those components are the rare earth metals we know want to mine the ocean bed for an in the process destroy some of the oldest structures known to man.

Do we want the ocean around Bermuda to look like this - or is it too late?
Do we want the ocean around Bermuda to look like this – or is it too late?

“The facts are that we are changing our environment as we subject our planet to a tidal wave of plastic waste.  We have produced more plastic in the last 10 years than we did in the whole of the last century and this plastic production is having a huge impact. It is using vast amounts of precious oil reserves; approximately 8% which equates to the amount used by the whole of Africa. Almost half of the plastic we use is used just once and is then thrown away – the problem is that there is no “away”.  The impact on wildlife, the environment and the potential harm to human health are only now becoming clear.  The facts are that we have to do something and do it now.?

Check out these stunning facts as well.

Next time you are in the supermarket or at lunch, refuse the offer of a plastic bag and carry your lunch home; tell the check out person that you don’t need your oranges to be in a plastic bag. Buy a glass bottle of water.

Do something little every day.

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