You remember this wonderful movie “WALL-E”, released in 2008. I enjoyed watching WALL-E with my little cousins. I was impressed by the message sent to all generations. In 2805, the Earth is abandoned because it was largely contaminated with garbage. All humans were evacuated and WALL-E robot mission was to clean up. He was living in a dessert planet surrounded for all kind of garbage. Fiction or reality for our future?
The picture of the Earth evacuated 700 years into the future. 2805 still far for all including our children. The first reaction was “not our problem” or “nothing we can do”. But if we take a look at the speed we are moving today, including the exponential increase of plastic we produce and use, we are getting there quicker than expected.
Right! Plastic production has jumped over 650% in the last 40 years which equates to over 300 million tons of plastic materials coming into circulation every year. According to PLOS report more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea, plastic is everywhere.
It’s a wake-up call. Plastic waste discarded in the ocean raises. It is damaging ecosystems and marine animals and contaminating our food supply.
We must remind that the time it takes to degrade plastic range from hundreds to thousands of years. EMK item to keep in mind *every time we use plastic is “plastic never really disappears”, rather it photodegrades into smaller pieces over the course of hundreds of years.
Most of the time as consumers we rarely stop and think about the impact. Plastic is there every day: bags, bottles, packaging, toys …impossible to list everything. In many cases plastic does make our lives more convenient. After all, when we’re done using a plastic item, we can just throw it out.
But please remind that 85% of the world’s plastic is not recycled . That means that 85 percent of the world’s plastic is sent to landfills and the majority of plastics end up in the oceans.
700 Marine Species might go extinct because of plastic pollution. According to the The World Economic Forum, there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and if things go on business as usual, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
What can we do?
If we act now, there still hope for future generations!
While efforts are being made to improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways. We can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste.
Some few items below but there are many tips. We will explore them later in this blog
- Carry a spare canvas bag for groceries ( say no to plastic bags)
- Bring a reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic one.
- Say no to plastic cups, take a mug with you.
- Say no to plastic straws
- Switch to bar soap and shampoo to avoid plastic packaging.
- Buy plastic-free beauty, hygiene, and cleaning products, like bamboo toothbrushes, plastic-free makeup brushes and natural material sponges.
The key is to an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives. As consumers we drive the offer. It is up to us to add some pressure to some industries to change their practices. This is just going to happen if we reduce plastic usage “every day”.
It is a learning process to get the most of every items and reduce waste.. Just start slowly. The planet, us, Wall- E and the future generations will be rewarded!
Let’s finish with a quote from Wall-E movie (2008):
Auto: a message not to return to Earth due to rising toxicity levels making life unsustainable
Captain: No wait a minute, Computer when was the message sent out to the Axiom?
Ship’s computer: Message received in the year 2110.
Captain: That’s… That’s nearly 700 years ago! Auto, things have changed. We’ve gotta go back.
Auto: Sir, orders are do not return to Earth.
Captain: Out there is our home. *HOME*I can’t just sit here and-and-do nothing. I don’t want to survive. I want to live.
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