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Monday, 1 April 2019

Why Should You Care About Plastic?

Hannah Barnes

By now you may well have noticed that I've been going on a little zero waste jaunt here on the Lazy Girl. Now, however well that gels with living a lazy life, it's something I've become very passionate about. 

I've notice though...that it's also something of a marmite topic of conversation. 

                           You may not want to hear about it, because hearing about it makes you feel bad. I totally get it. At this point, the problem feels insurmountable...but it's never too late to make a change.

Why should you care about what you throw away?

Out of sight, out of mind is the way most of us think about our rubbish. We throw things away without thinking; the bins get collected and the waste disappears. Once it's gone, it's gone...right? We can get on with our lives.

Well, not strictly, no. Whilst we may do our best to sort bottles and boxes into their respective recycling bins, the sheer amount of waste produced puts a heavy burden on those charged with its destruction. So much so, that some of our recycling is even shipped over seas, to be dealt with elsewhere. Piles and piles of it are then simply dumped, destroying landscapes and ecosystems, due to their low value. 

The worst offender, when it comes to insurmountable waste, is plastic. The best we can hope for is that this plastic slowly breaks up - although its molecular bonds will never break down - into micro plastics. These minute beads of plastic then enter the food chain, impacting the lives of thousands of species.

How can you help make a difference?

The throw away and convenience nature in which we live our lives plays a huge part in this problem. Single use coffee cups, food packets, plastic straws and cleaning wipes (to name a few) are adding up by the millions - and they all need to go somewhere.

With just a few simple life style swaps you can keep the convenience, and chuck out the eco guilt. The plastic free revolution is upon us and there are plenty of every day solutions for quitting your plastic habit. Local plastic free stores are springing up, community led projects are on the rise and bloggers and writers are weighing in with their favorite ways to rid your life of unnecessary waste. 

Have you made any zero waste changes in your life? I'd love to hear about your own journey and any tips you've picked up along the way. 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.

2 comments:

  1. I think you're right it is a marmite topic, probably because it feels like a hard battle to get rid of the plastic, but of course that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Mich x

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    1. Spot on Mich! I'm on a mission to give it my best shot!

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