Plastic is cheap, easy to transport and can be disposed of quickly. A perfect fit for the times, right?
How is plastic broken down?
The more comfortable our everyday life becomes with to-go cups, disposable tableware and Co., the more the environment suffers. The reason: plastic doesn’t just disappear with the snap of a finger. Chemically, plastics are very stable. They decompose very slowly into ever smaller particle, known as microplastics, if they decompose at all. The complete disintegration of a plastic bottle, for example, can take up to 450 years according to estimates of the Federal Environmental Agency. The only way to speed the process up, is to burn plastic. This means that hundreds of years from now every little piece of plastic that has ever been made and has not been burnt will exist somewhere on earth.
Plastic waste in the ocean
Plastic waste is already piled up in landfills, swimming in the sea and transforming our oceans into a huge plastic dump. According to Greenpeace, approximately 13 million tons of plastic waste are dumped in the ocean every year – arriving there via river or wind. There is now an estimated at 150 million tons of plastic (and rising) in our oceans. Greenpeace continues to show that Germany alone is a huge contributor to the ever-increasing pollution of the environment, accounting for a startling one-quarter of all European plastic consumption.
What can we do?
In this day and age, avoiding plastic is not as easy as it sounds; nevertheless, following these tips will help reduce plastic consumption to a sustainable level:
Reusable instead of disposable! No more to-go cups, disposable cutlery and the rest. Sit down and enjoy your lunch break at the café or restaurant instead.
“The customer is king” means that the customer controls supply and demand. Focusing on high-quality, long-lasting products, will spare you not only frustration, but also the waste of a ton of low-quality products that, before too long, land in the trash.
Do I really need this? A question that we should ask before every purchase. In most cases, the answer is no.
Learn from the older generation and fall back on the good old canvas bag for your weekly grocery run.
The (right) packaging is important: At HOLY TRINITY® we’ve completely cut plastic from the packaging of our design lights and utilise cardboard options instead.
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