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Earth Day 2018: Fighting Against Plastic Pollution

- Posted 04/21/2018
Earth Day 2018: Fighting Against Plastic Pollution

What is Earth Day?

In 1970 people had had enough!

 

While the industrial sector was booming there were dire consequences for the planet.

 

Smog. Pollution. Toxins. All of these are caused by industry and are affecting our health every day. Not to mention the devastating effects on the climate and wildlife.

 

Earth Day is celebrated every year to mark the first protest. It’s a chance to place importance on industry-caused problems that our planet is currently facing. It’s also a day for taking time out to care for the planet – such as by planting trees and meeting with officials to discuss what more can be done.

 

Each Earth Day has a topic of focus and for 2018 this is Plastic Pollution!

 

The Plastic Pollution Problem

Plastic is man-made. A material packed full of chemicals that cannot be naturally found on this planet.

 

That is the problem!

 

While plastic has been seen to be a revolutionary material thanks to its versatility, the manufacturing processes behind it have a massive impact on the environment.

 

In 2016, 320 million tons of plastic were produced, contributing to around 6% of annual oil consumption – the same as the aviation sector!

 

Not only is the carbon footprint huge, but the devastation that the careless disgarding of plastic is having on our oceans is phenomenal.

 

It’s estimated that the amount of plastic ending up in our waters each year is equivalent to around one truck’s worth – 8 million tons each year. In fact, researchers have warned that the problem is so bad that if nothing changes there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050!

 

One of the most hard-hitting facts is that ‘100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually’ – now that’s inspiration to change!

 

Health Implications of Plastic

Plastics are so commonly seen that many of us don’t consider the health implications for us as consumers. Well, we should be concerned as there’s mounting research suggesting that our health is under threat from this chemical laden material.

 

BPA and phthalates are just two of the known harmful additives that can be found in certain plastics. The former is said to be linked to heart problems, miscarriages, liver problems and even cancer!

 

And yes, it’s harmful for your whole family. Just take a read of my blog post here all about the dangers of children’s plastic toys.

 

Being Plastic Savvy…

 

While the ideal solution would be to go plastic-free, sadly the current world we live in makes this incredibly difficult. There are eco-conscious people out there that have set up zero-plastic waste stores, but this often means added expense for the consumer. However, if you can afford it go for it – pave the way for others and help to drum up demand and drive down prices.

 

What we can all do, though, is get to know our plastics. By doing so, we can reuse and recycle as much as possible. Before throwing the next bit of disposable plastic you come across in the bin, check its recycling labels and be more conscious in your approach to plastic disposal.

 

It would be more ideal if all packaging shunned plastic; however, it’s lightweight and durable making it a popular choice. Fortunately, there are developments being made into sustainable plastic.

 

Bioplastics are made from crops, such as maize and corn, and can be industrially composted. While there is still a way to go in making bioplastics easy to compost and recycle, it’s encouraging to see waves being made in this area.

 

Playing Our Part…

 

Where possible, avoid plastic altogether. There are many alternative materials on the market that are much more environmentally friendly than plastic. Think bamboo, glass and stainless steel to name a few. Here’s why these are better choices…

 

Bamboo

 

One of the great things about bamboo is that it is able to be grown in soils that are damaged – thus making use of otherwise unused land and re-nutrifying the soils. It also grows incredibly fast (2 feet per day!) meaning deforestation isn’t an issue unlike with paper and card.

 

It’s even becoming a popular textile material thanks to its natural anti-bacterial properties – perfect for manufacturing sportswear and socks! Let’s not forget it’s completely natural.

 

Glass

 

As a completely natural material there are no harmful chemicals to be wary of – unlike with plastics. It’s also infinitely recyclable which cannot be said for plastics which will only hold up for so long.

 

Try using a glass bottle instead of a plastic one and make sure you filter your water! You won’t need to worry about chemical leaching and water simply tastes better out of it, win-win!

 

Stainless Steel

 

This material is 100% recyclable and it’s lightweight making it a suitable plastic alternative. Not to mention it’s incredibly strong and durable which makes it a popular choice for travel mugs and hard-wearing tupperware.

 

If you’re wondering where you can make swaps in your plastic use and where you can start incorporating some of these materials, here are some ideas:

 

  • Bamboo, glass or stainless steel straws over plastic ones.
  • Bamboo fabric tote bags for shopping.
  • Glass jars to store leftover food.
  • Bamboo or stainless steel cooking utensils
  • Glass or stainless steel water bottles.
  • Taking bamboo coffee cups to your local coffee shop instead of using takeaway cups.
  • Beeswax food wrap

 

Plus many, many more…

 

Supporting Supportive Companies

 

A great way to spread a positive Earth Day message is by supporting and buying from companies that have your health and the planet’s health in mind.

 

I’m offering some Earth Day sale discounts with some of my favorite brands, which I know you will love, too…

 

All these affiliate sales are available until Sunday, April 22, 2018. If you’re interested in receiving any of the discounts, please email me directly to discuss these amazing savings at info@madelineblom.com.

 

Poofy Organics

 

All of Poofy Organic’s products are cruelty-free, gluten-free and USDA organic certified. They have you covered when it comes to your beauty, bath, and home needs. They use renewable energy sources and ensure all their packaging is made from recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials.

 

If you’re a first time customer, you can get 10% off when you order through this link here. I will personally reimburse you through Venmo or Paypal. There’s also an Earth Day sale of 15% when you use code EARTHDAY2018 and checkout until April 22nd.

 

Juice Plus

 

As well as supporting the health of you and your loved ones by manufacturing high quality foods, juice powders and supplements, Juice Plus supports the environment, too. They are a fully climate neutral company, sourcing sustainable paper where possible and even planting trees in Madagascar.

 

When you shop via my link, you will receive a 10% discount and I will PayPal or Venmo you directly.

 

Purium 

 

Purium supports your health and the health of the environment by offering health products that are non-GMO and organic. No harmful pesticides are used and Purium is committed to high quality testing to only deliver you the best.

 

To get your discount of $50, enter code ‘mommasorganics’ in the promo code box at checkout. If you’re after Purium CBD oil, check it out here.

 

Vote with your dollars to see change and support change. Spread the message too, encouraging friends and family to be more eco-conscious in their everyday lives – the planet will thank you!

 

References

https://www.earthday.org/earthday/

https://www.earthday.org/

https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/plastic-pollution/plastic-pollution-facts-figures/

https://www.carbonsmart.co.uk/3-reasons-to-rethink-plastics/

http://plastic-pollution.org/#health

http://www.exhibitinggreen.com.au/blog/why-use-bamboo