Enviro Monday: Stop using these 5 plastic products now

Millions of plastic products across the globe are used only once and then discarded.

The Earth cannot digest plastic. Every bit of plastic that’s ever been created is still on Earth and this issue has reached a critical point.

What happens to plastic once we’ve used it?

Most of it goes into landfills. A portion gets into the water systems and ends up in the oceans.

Plastic pieces on the ocean’s surface outnumber sea life six to one. It constitutes about 90 percent of the trash floating on the ocean’s surface.

Recycling is not a sustainable solution. It’s actually called down cycling, because plastic never goes away.

What effect does plastic have on human life?

Plastic chemicals like BPA are absorbed by the human body. Studies show that they disrupt hormone function and the endocrine system.

Apart from the BPA issue, that most people are aware of, plastic also contains DDT and PCB which are two extremely toxic chemicals. DDT has been linked to cancer, male infertility, miscarriages, developmental delay, nervous system and liver damage. PCBs also contribute to cancer and cause disorders of the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.

By refusing single use disposable plastic you can improve the health of the ocean and the environment including human and animal health.

Only purchase products in sustainable packaging.

Stop using these plastic products now

Bottled water

Instead:  Drink from a tap or glass water bottles.

Takeaway coffee cups

The cups are lined with plastic which is not biodegradable.

Plastic shopping bags

South African shops sell about eight billion plastic bags per year.

Instead: Keep reusable bags in your car or handbag.

Plastic cutlery

Instead: Carry a splade in your bag – a spoon, fork and knife in one.

France has just become the first country to ban plastic cutlery, cups and plates. About 150 single-use cups are thrown away every second in France.

Straws

Say no thank you to straws! Plastic pieces get so tiny that they are ingested by marine life and can make their way up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates.

Watch the video of multiple Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges speaking against plastic pollution.

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