• Thilara

Plastic Pollution

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag

Drifting through the wind

Wanting to start again?”

Just like how Katy Perry’s lyrics state, plastic bags always wish they could start anew but, NO! Plastic bags CANNOT be recycled because they are NON-BIODEGRADABLE.

This means that they can’t be used again as they continue to break down into small pieces. These small pieces of plastic are carried across with the wind and deposited in the ocean affecting thousands of species of marine life. Plastic are like flame retardants, they leach their disgusting toxins into the water and stick to petroleum-based objects.

79 per cent of the plastic produced over the last 70 years has been thrown away, either into landfill sites or into the general environment. Only 9% is recycled with the rest incinerated.

What if i told you that every single piece of plastic still exist in world today?

Would you still double bag your groceries, knowing that it could end up in a belly of a bird or whale?

Still for some reason not entirely sure you can?

What if told you that every second breath that we humans breathe in comes from the sea?

Plastic breaks up and can float around for years or decades before being ingested by animals. After that there is a severely highly chance it will find its way onto your plates.

Would you like a side of plastic with your fish dish? Well, you might get it whether you like it or not. Reports have found that if you eat a lot of shellfish you might be consuming up to 11,000 fragments of those small plastic pieces each year!!

Do you want to protect all those dolphins, turtles and penguins in the ocean and your own health (but mainly the animals)?

Then get rid of those nasty plastics!!!

There are a many ways to reduce the amount of plastic that you use:

  • Stop using plastic straws! If you really can’t live without them, purchase a reusable stainless steel straw (they’re really not that hard to find).

  • Did you know almost all chewing gum is made from plastic? That’s right. When you’re chewing gum, you’re chewing on plastic. Instead of buying gum get yourself a pack of mints instead.

  • Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you'll be eating fewer processed foods!

  • Say no to plastic bags. What are we worried about? Is it that the produce will get dirty? It grew in the dirt, and we’re going to wash it anyway, right? So get yourself some reusable bags when going grocery shopping.

You taking initiative and getting rid of those plastics can help a lot, even if you don’t realise it.

So, remember the next time you go shopping how animals across the globe are affected by those nasty plastics!

- Thilara

"Thinking Wild & Wonderful"


IG: @seasofchange_au

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