Decreasing our Footprint on the Environment

I try to do my bit for the environment. I have heard many excuses for not doing “our little bit” for our planet. My favourite is, “what changes I make will be insignificant compared to the rest of the world and the people in it.” Don’t you think if EVERYONE tried a little bit harder and did a  little bit more we might start to see some change?

Here are some staggering figures:

  • 91% of plastic is not recycled.
  • Nearly half of ALL plastic ever manufactured has been made since 2000.
  • National Geographic states 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.
  • Polystyrene poisons our food chain: It is increasingly found in the ocean and marine life, affecting the health of human populations who rely in fish and other marine life as food sources.

Ways to decrease your plastic use:

  • Use reusable shopping bags (more than 1 million bags are used every day over the world)
  • Use a reusable water bottle (if 1 person uses a refillable bottle daily, it can save as much as 170 bottles from being produced each year.)
  • Pack your lunch in re-usable containers instead of plastic wrap or zip lock bags.
  • Say no to plastic cutlery and straws.
  • Don’t buy food in plastic packaging.
  • BYO reusable coffee mug.

Do not waste your food:

  • Buy what you need, cook what you need, eat left overs and anything remaining put in the compost to feed your plants, or get some chooks.

You can be the example for your friends and family, do YOUR little bit.

 

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