The excessive use of plastic has turned it into a silent killer. This killer must be understood and dealt with before we return to the point of no return. Or have we already?
Now, more than ever before, climate change and its subsequent consequences are felt, acknowledged and feared by everyone around the planet. It is no surprise that the world as we know it is changing at a much more accelerated speed and it probably will not slow down anytime soon in the future. Damage, in this context, has been a long journey of anthropogenic actions that ultimately disregarded and took our mother nature for granted. Today, we are at a position where this very damage is costing each and every one of us. It can no longer be ignored and it must not be ignored any longer.
While the past can’t be altered, there are several lifestyle changes that can help us make the world a better place. One of the major sources of pollution has been the overuse of plastic in everyday life. Plastic is used in almost all day-to-day activities. It is about time for all of us to step back and examine the extent to which we overuse plastic.
Plastic pollution is a very real process that is currently damaging all aspects of our ecosystem. Plastic pollution can be understood as causal effect of plastic accumulation in the oceans, landfills and forests which inevitably results in an imbalance in our ecological community. Not only does it have detrimental effects on the animals, plants, water bodies but it has started to directly impact us, humans, as well. The chemical composition of plastic does not allow it to degrade with respect to the natural processes of degradation. This accumulation serves as an agent of pollution.
Such a task often sounds impossible, considering the amount that we use with hardly any ecological consciousness. But it is more than possible. Here are 4 ways in which all of us can reduce the amount of plastic that we use on a daily basis-
- Replacing glass with plastic
By doing this, you can effectively eliminate the excessive use of plastic in items such as water bottles, containers used in kitchen, pet jars, milk bags, bowls and other utensils. This will prevent accumulation on disposal. Apart from this, it is important to remember that the chemicals from plastic often get absorbed into the food particles. This step ensures both ecological and personal medical safety.
2) Say no to plastic straws
What sounds like an insignificant suggestion, is indeed a necessary one. A plastic straw can take upto 200 years to decompose. Given the amount that this is used everyday, this is appalling. No global studies exist at the moment, but studies show that Americans use upto 500 million plastic straws everyday. Such an alarming statistic should be enough to push us to use steel straws. Steel straws can be reused on wash and must be carried everywhere in order to avoid using any more plastic straws.
3) Shopping restyling
The use of plastic bags for shopping has been a habit in most households around the world. The rate of decomposition for them is extremely slow as well. It is advised that people make it a point to carry a cloth bag with them when they shop. By doing this, we can avoid unrestrained use of plastic bags. One must also make an attempt to buy goods without plastic packaging.
4) Plastic free personal hygiene products
Reusable options are available all over the world for people in today’s time. During their menstrual cycle, women now have environment friendly options. These include menstrual cups, cloth pads, reusable cotton pads, menstrual sponges, etc. They serve as long term investments, in a relative sense. Their usage prevents the plastic packaging and their plastic components that comes along with the non-disposable options.