Most people are not aware of how much plastic they use on a daily basis. Plastic is everywhere; in packaging for products we buy, covering meat, plastic wrap and bags. Convenience has become such a huge part of our lives we don’t even think about the impact plastics have on the environment. Humans are addicted to the convenience of single use plastics. From straws, cutlery and your take out coffee and drink cups, plastic is everywhere. I am personally okay with having some plastic in my life such as BPA free cups and containers. They are easy to clean, most are lightweight and they tend to last a really long time. What I am not okay with is plastic products that are used once and thrown away immediately after.
Did you know that plastic isn’t actually disposable? When you throw away a single use plastic it exists in our environment for hundreds of years. It breaks down eventually to small particles which end up in our oceans, soil and many other places it shouldn’t be.
- Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
- It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling.
- Half a million straws are used in the world every day.
- A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
The facts are staggering. Now imagine all of that plastic going into the ocean, our soil and our landfills. While these facts are from the U.S. Think about our inefficient landfill and non existent recycling, just imagine what the numbers are for us.
Not having the convenience of disposable plastic items will take some adjustment and getting used to. In the long run though; I think it will prove to be very beneficial to our environment and country as a whole.
What are your thoughts on The Bahamas Governments’ ban of single use plastics? Are you ready for the plastic ban coming January 2020?
Are you taking any steps to reduce your use of single use plastics? Let me know in the comments.
Facts taken from: www.earthday.org