World Environment Day is June 5. It’s a day that promotes worldwide environmental awareness and the need for change. One thing we can all do is move towards a plastic-free lifestyle. Here’s what the UN says:
“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves, we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.” For resources and practical tips, visit the official World Environment Day website.
We know that plastic has become a huge environmental issue. Plastic damages our oceans and wildlife and remains undecomposed in landfill sites for decades. Furthermore, it’s even becoming part of our food in the form of microplastic particles. So, we thought we’d share a few tips on how to move towards a plastic-free lifestyle.
Living Plastic Free
Plastic products and packaging are ubiquitous. And no wonder – plastic is cheap and easy to shape. There’s no doubt that plastic has some advantages. However, it has one fatal drawback; is it doesn’t readily decompose. Ultimately, this means every plastic item that gets tossed away will be around for decades. Nevertheless, moving to a plastic-free lifestyle can be a challenge.
What’s Wrong with Plastic Anyway?
Here are some facts about plastic:
- There are an incredible 80,000 chemicals used in everyday products.
- It’s easy to assume a product is safe because it’s for sale on the shelf. However, many people don’t know that there are no requirements for any cleaning, personal care, or food product to be scrutinised before being sold.
- Chemicals are studied individually but rarely as a cocktail.
- The chemical industry is running most current studies on the safety of chemicals.
- Chemicals such as lead, mercury, DDT and BPA were once used in everyday life. Clearly, we wouldn’t dream of using them now, but they are just the tip of the iceberg when we consider what we are potentially exposed to every day.
How to Live Plastic Free
Moving to a low-plastic or even plastic-free lifestyle takes time. The change won’t be immediate. Take it one step at a time. For instance, you don’t have to immediately chuck out everything plastic in your house! Instead, just don’t buy any new plastic items. So, if you already own it and it’s still useful, then keep using it. Better that than adding to the landfill. Next, buy plastic-free alternatives wherever possible when you need to replace something. However, don’t compromise your health to go plastic-free. In other words, if your essential medicine comes in a plastic bottle, then so be it. There will always be exceptions; that’s up to you. Your kids will soon learn there is life without plastic by leading by example!
Rest assured, here at Elves in the Wardrobe, we’re committed to reducing our plastic packaging wherever possible.