Synthetic plastic has only been around since 1907 yet it is now found in almost every aspect of our lives. Looking at my somewhat chaotic desk I can see plastic in or on all these items - the film covering books, a pack of labels and some chocolate I am trying hard not to eat, my laptop and mouse, my phone, a lamp, my glasses case, a pen pot, a lighter, a flexi dog lead, sellotape and its holder, a tube of glue, a plastic bag full of loose change, a thermometer, a small pot, pens, scissors, a DVD case, the plastic coating on my spiral notepads ..... OK so I have a messy desk but it makes you realise how all pervading plastic is. Recently I bought a jar of rollmop herrings. I thought I was doing OK not buying plastic as they came in a glass jar with a metal lid but when I opened them I saw that the rolled herrings were no longer held together with a small wooden peg as previously but with a PLASTIC one. Plastic is everywhere and this is not a good thing for us or our environment.
Why is Plastic Bad for the Environment?
1. Plastic is made from non-renewable petrochemicals and natural gas whose extraction process produces large amounts of toxins that are harmful to wildlife and the workforce involved.
What can we do?
Ways to reduce plastic in your life:
Food and Drink, Shopping
9. Eat less take-aways
Out and About
Babies and Children
52. Give up smoking!
Around the house
75. Make your own pet treats
Christmas, Easter, birthdays etc
78. Make decorations from natural materials
79. Make plastic free gifts such as preserves and handmade clothes/accessories
80. Send e-cards
In the garden
99. If you follow the 4 Rs you will help reduce your plastic use - reduce, re-use, repair and recycle (the first 3 being the most important).