As a society we are addicted to the convenience of single-use plastics. Every day most of us use single-use plastic bags, take-away coffee cups and plastic water bottles. The quantities are truly mind-boggling and the environmental impacts likewise. Plastics is slow to degrade (a plastic diaper takes 450 years to degrade, fishing line 600 years) – once degraded, many toxic compounds are released, including Bisphenol A (also known as BPA).
Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in our environment which has many adverse effects on wildlife, habitats and on humans.
There’s such an irony in this too. Fossil fuels take millions of years to form from the remains of dead plants and animals, then they are mined and manufactured into single-use plastic items, transported to where they are needed to then be used for a couple of minutes before being discarded.
See the infographic for nine tips for how we can all live with less plastic in 2018.
There’s good news through. Victoria will be the next city in Canada to ban plastic bags. According to the City of Victoria’s website residents use approximately 200 bags each every year, which would equate to 17 million plastic bags from city residents, alone. Learn more about Victoria’s decision to ban plastic bags here.
In September we shared an article in NatureWILD magazine about plastic pollution, Henderson Island, the caterpillar that eats plastics. Read the article again and get instructions on how to create your own reusable bag.