Should 2023 be the year of going plastic free?
Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. It's used in everything from packaging to water bottles to toys, and it's hard to imagine a world without it. However, the ease and convenience of plastic comes at a steep cost to the environment.
One of the biggest problems with plastic is that it never truly goes away. When plastic is thrown away, it ends up in landfills where it can take hundreds of years to break down. Even then, it doesn't fully biodegrade, but rather breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics, which can end up in our oceans and waterways.
The impact of plastic on marine life is devastating. Fish, birds, and other animals can mistake plastic for food, leading to injury or death. In addition, plastic that ends up in the ocean can absorb toxins from the water, which can then be passed up the food chain to humans.
Plastic also has a negative impact on land-based ecosystems. As plastic waste accumulates in landfills, it can release greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change. In addition, plastic waste can leach chemicals into the soil, which can harm plants and animals.
So what can we do to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment? One of the most effective ways is to reduce our overall consumption of plastic. This can be as simple as bringing a reusable water bottle or shopping bag with us, or choosing products that use less plastic packaging.
We can also recycle plastic whenever possible, although it's important to note that recycling alone is not enough to solve the problem.
By taking steps to reduce our plastic consumption and properly dispose of the plastic we do use, we can help protect the environment and preserve it for future generations.
What are your top tips for minimising plastic use from day to day? We'd love to hear your thoughts below!