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Plastic Free: We Need to be Better

If someone asked you "how much plastic do you use in 1 week?" would you know the answer to that? Would that answer scare you? Do you think is possible to live a plastic free life? Is it something you are unsure of where to start? In this blog post I am going to share some incredibly helpful tips that have helped me reduce my plastic waste, and do my part to help this beautiful planet. In the world today there are so many ways we can contribute to garbage waste, some of them are: - single use items (straws, bottles, q-tips, cotton pads) - paper towel - produce plastic bags - plastic shopping bags - gum (it actually contains microplastics) - cigarette butts - bottle caps - coffee lids/cups I bet there are some things on that list that you didn't even think about! It has become so "normal" for us humans to see something we want, don't think about the repercussions of where it goes when we are done with it, and we are so subconsciously unaware of the damage it causes. When you are done with your plastic water bottle, or your q-tip, you throw it in the garbage or recycling..but where does it ACTUALLY go after that? No one really knows, supposedly it ends up in the landfill where it is all separated and disposed of "properly" but who really believes that? I don't. At least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans YEARLY! Over 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year (shopping bags, straws, water/pop bottles). 80% of all marine debris on the shores and in the deep sea, is due to land based plastics. The statistics are mind blowing, visit these websites for more in depth info on the impact of ocean plastic: 1. https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/marine-plastics#:~:text=At%20least%208%20million%20tons,causes%20severe%20injuries%20and%20deaths. 2. https://www.oceanunite.org/issues/marine-plastic-pollution-2/#:~:text=80%25%20of%20marine%20plastic%20pollution,enters%20the%20Ocean%20every%20year.&text=The%20plastic%20debris%20floating%20on,is%20submerged%20beneath%20the%20surface. You can just imagine that if all of this plastic is in our oceans, what happens to our marine wildlife? Many (more than you think) marine animals die due to the pollution in the oceans, why? Because they eat it thinking it is food, it gets clogged in their stomachs and they starve to death. Others get items wrapped around their bodies, necks, fins and they drown. It is a huge problem that not many people are educated on and it is so important to know the impact of the damage WE are causing to our ecosystems. These fish will ingest what is called microplastics and then bigger fish eat that one, bigger fish eat that one and it goes up the food chain. Eventually we have our fisherman catching these fish who have tons of microplastics in their stomachs, that have broken down into their blood/skin and we then consume these fish without hesitation. Sure, it can be unlikely of diseases due to that trash, however, it is a risk that we need to be consciously aware of. "organisms ingest plastic debris, these contaminants enter their digestive systems, and overtime accumulate in the food web. The transfer of contaminants between marine species and humans through consumption of seafood has been identified as a health hazard, but has not yet been adequately researched" - source is from the first link above

So, what are some ways you can help to reduce your plastic waste? - Bring reusable bags when you go shopping - Buy a reusable cup/mug - Use a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic - Use a metal safety razor instead of plastic - Buy reusable "plastic" wrap - Buy in bulk and bring your own jars/containers - Say no to straws and buy reusable metal/bamboo ones - Use shampoo/conditioner bars instead of pumps (or refill them at a bulk store) - Use a body sponge rather than a plastic loofa for washing your body (or bar soap) - Bring your own produce bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags - Let go of frozen packaged meals, eat more whole foods - Shop at your local farmers market - Buy fresh bread in paper bags not plastic bags - For the women, try a divacup instead of tampons - Pack your meals and avoid buying lunch everyday

I think its safe to say there are MANY ways to reduce your plastic/waste, even the tinniest bit counts, it all matters and adds up in the largest way. Do your best to do 1 or 2 of these options! Its better than 0, and remember baby steps are the best steps you can take! I hope you enjoyed this post and you got some valuable information from it! If you make the switch in anything id love to see! So don't forget to tag me on instagram your plastic free swaps @alyssanaylor Xoxo, Alyssa

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