Every year enough plastic is trashed to wrap four times round the earth.
Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (except the small amount that has been incinerated).
We produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, of which 8 million tons is dumped into our oceans - the equivalent of one garbage truck a minute.
For every square mile of ocean, there are around 46,000 piece of plastic present.
for ethical encouragement, community compassion, and filthy facts....
Plastic production accounts for about 6% of global oil consumption, which is equivalent to the oil consumption of the global aviation sector.
This means that the penchant for plastic bottled water is causing deforestation and displacement of indigenous tribes in the amazon predominantly, as coal and oil commodity companies clear space for fossil fuel extraction.
If the use of plastics continues to grow it will account for 20% of total oil, and 15% of the global annual carbon budget by 2050.
Exposure to plastic chemicals is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, hormone disruption and fertility issues. BPA, or bisphenol A, is used in bottles and disrupts hormones creating dangerous levels of oestrogen.
As it makes its way around, plastic leeches and absorbs chemicals from other plastics before it enters landfill or oceans, and as it degrades, these plastic pieces also release toxic chemicals.
Mercury emitted into the atmosphere rains into rivers and sea, being gobbled by tiny bacteria which turn it into methylmercury. This substance bonds incredibly well with polymer plastics which small animals and organisms LOVE to eat the most, which bigger animals love to eat too - and now chemicals leached by plastics are found in over 90% of seabirds, and in the blood of nearly all people all over the planet .
China, a country of 1.3 billion, consumes 3 billion plastic bags daily.
500 billion bags worldwide are simply thrown to the land and seas, tantamount to over 100 million per minute.
Only 1 in 200 plastic bags in the UK are recycled.
More than 100 million plastic bottles are used worldwide every day!
That's 1,600 per second, that end up in landfills or the ocean..
On average, a bottle is used for 12 seconds, yet it takes 700 - 1,000 years to start decomposing.
Tens of millions of barrels of oil are used to make these bottles each year. Not to mention the energy for the distance of transportation. Deforestation for throw away culture
''I solemnly swear to assiduously aspire to alleviate or end my accumulation of environmentally evil plastics...''
Join, pledge and commmit at a level to suit you:
Avoiding single use packaging
Cutting out coffee cups & straws
Ditching plastic bags
Buying only in bulk
Plastic free! or a bit less plastic, or perhaps just a big, fat, ideological jump towards more conscientious consumption
for ethical encouragement, community compassion, and filthy facts....
This month, the Mitigation May movement:
My pledge is...
no more plastic bags at all, REDUCE PLASTIC AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE - SPECIFICALLY SINGLE USE!
My pledge is....
to be more mindful of the plastic I consume. Where possible I will avoid all plastic packaging and products. Peace to Mother Earth!
This will be my 5th Plastic free month and not only is dead EASY its chronically ETHICAL super ENJOYABLE..... Get on board :)
My pledge is... to buy less frickin' plastic and to encourage others to reuse their plastic containers through some inconvenience store magic.
My pledge is to plan ahead and say no more to plastic bottles, coffee cups, cutlery and plastic packaging!
I hate how much plastic is used when other materials could be. I pledge to avoid as much plastic as possible even if it means buying food in markets and bringing bags with me!
My pledge is to use the bare minimal plastic like only if my organic veggies are wrapped in it and reuse as much as possible
My pledge is... to ditch as much plastic as humanly possible for the month of may and document my progress to serve as inspiration for others
My pledge is... I pledge to bring my rucksack every time I grocery shop - no plastic bags! And to avoid buying fruit and veg wrapped in plastic- buy it naked -- its right there on the shelf next to it!! I pledge to cut down on buying my daily 2 litre bottle of evian and to refill the same bottle with filtered water.
Try my best to go completely plastic free. I've already been trying, but this is even more motivation! BOO YA!
Previous perspicacious planetary patrons...
I pledge to purchase as little plastic or no plastic packaged products as possible. When it comes to plastic bottles and bags I've nailed it, so I pledge to expand the plastic challenge!
N O T H I N G … FEELS GROOVIER than busting a move and being a Mega PLANETARIAN dude for the one MOTHER LIGHT and LOVE that IS the EARTH baby! So September ..my To-Do and my To-Don’t List….
Here I coooooome!!! I have my trusted granny trolley for shopping, gonna do the local rounds for fruit and veg, no buying water no more, bulk up on washing detergent, Razors from Animal Aid ! Will start making B.O. Basher for sure! and defo gonna get me that bamboo too!
My pledge is to reduce my plastic footprint down to as little plastic as deemed possible. No more plastic bags.......Bag for life here i come !!!!
My pledge is to avoid all single use packaging and reduce my footprint! - Buy stainless steel/glass filtered water bottle, coffee cup and containers to eliminate all single use plastic bottles, coffee cups and plastic food containers, as well as straws and plastic bags when on the go - Buy more produce in bulk or in paper bags, tins or jars from local groceries, and source locally grown products where possible
I'll aim to go as close to 100% plastic-free as possible and start implementing changes now! It'll take time but pledging is a start!
To minimise my plastic consumption as much as possible. I already cut out plastic bags and buy my veggies without packaging. Now I want to try and cut plastic out of the rest of my daily routine (cosmetics etc).
Drive the hemp into the plastic industry. to educate on the effects of plastic to our environment. to encourage ethical consumer purchases away from plastic for self and others.
Avoiding plastic packaging all together. Buying fruit and vegetables from markets or loose. Bamboo toothbrush! Reusable water bottle.... Research too.
I pledge to ditch plastic bags, To cut out plastic cups and straws, avoidsingle use packaging and try my hardest to avoid plastic all together. It is terrible for all. I just hope everyone realises this soon. This is the way!
A real inspirational young woman, and funny as hell. Has been preparing for a couple of weeks now and got a low carbon toothbrush, all the devilishly cunning cutlery and storage devices known to mankind, and is only a bit apprehensive about food choices.
An absolute diamond goddess of a yogini. Has been cutting down on everything from individual incense sticks to the amount of plastic bags she picks. Will begin to transmute away from plastic altogether.
An awesomely environmental and ethical overseas amigo. Looking into opening his own bulk buy effort in Bristol, cutting down on plastics is a natural choice!
Okay I can committed to cutting down on plastic. By buying my fruit & veg from the market & not a supermarket chain, I am helping a local business & saving the world. One plastic bag at a time!
I, Vanessa Bridgman, solemly swear to not use any Single Use Plastic for the whole month of August!
I HATE SINGLE use plastic. to me its the most frustrating development of human behaviour. we are becoming more lazy and reliant on convenience products which are all to often disposable and it needs to change. I love my metal drink flask, my lunchbox and my local fruit and veg shop. I still lapse occasionally but i'm determined to fully change my lifestyle. I want to be part of this plastic free team.
Earthling and sea lover in the midst of a lifestyle overhaul by bulk buying, fresh fruiting, wooden toothbrush using, refilling, plastic bag avoiding, coffee cup eschewing, Mooncup embracing. It's time to take serious steps from the less convenient towards the conscientious. Let's make our planet a greener, cleaner place!
After living on a remote island in the south china sea and doing beach cleans daily, it really opened my eyes to the amount of crap washing up on the beaches. black tip reef sharks washing up on the shore in old forgotten fishing nets, needles, syringes.. but mostly bottles thrown into the water for "new beginnings" the saddest part of it was in the marine park. the crap from the island. mainly food, tea bags and some plastics were getting dumped back in the ocean instead of being taken to
I don’t use much plastic! but I would like to test myself and see how much exactly I can live without in one month! might collect all my rubbish and see how little waste I make!
I pledge to take the next step to cutting even more planet destroying plastic out of my life. Finding new routines and new alternatives for a more natural and earthly harmonic existence!
Devastated by the effect plastic is having on the natural world......the change is easy, a return to basics and ancestral values. Bring your own bag and buy from local markets the produce grown with love that isnt dripping with pesticides. Grow your own if you can and be conscious of your personal impact on this beautiful planet. Always! Love. C.
I don't like you though this is for the planet.
No reusable plastic.
(I think he means, no non-reusable plastic)
hints & tips
hints & tips
straws & cutlery
From bags and storage to bamboo sporks, boobalou has some conscientious contraption to help. I got an epic little bamboo spork from here for £2. And they offer the option of plastic free, paper packaging.
Almost every office in the UK has a disturbingly large store of old worn out tupperware in some secret cupboard. So do Grandmas. It's strangely edifying collecting a mish-mash of sizes and shapes to store your sustenance. And saves any new packaging from finding its way into the oceans.
I've also been washing plastic bags and reusing them too.
Disasterous disposeable razors end up incinerated, in landfil or floating in the sea. Preserve is a US company tthat specialises in cosmetic tools made from 100% recycled yoghurt cups.
Buy one from the Animal Aid website here in the UK:
Ok so make-up is pretty hard. Near on impossible without making it at home yourself. Buy best optionsinstead and recycle the packaging. Green People are an organic, UK based cosmetic company endorsed by the Soil Association who never test on animals. And some of their products come in card storage.
A woman uses on average 15,000 tampons in her life time, yet millions of girls and women around the world have no access to lady things or even knowledge on their menstrual cycle, yet deal with the impacts of our throw away culture of the pesticide-fulled cotton fields our society sprays.
Get a resplendent, recyclable receptacle and get in touch with your reproductive cycle in the right way....
Soapnuts sells cruelty-free, organic sustainable products produced in the UK. Their deoderant is lovely, and in a glass jar. Though there is a plastic lid, so you can reuse the jar later to make your own deoderant.
Ingredients: Baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, essential oils
Recipie: Mix away until it reaches your preferred consistency.
It's not so hard. Avoid sandwiches, salads and sudden urges from supermarkets. Instead pack some fruit and nuts or visit the fresh aisles for edibles.
To stock up the cupboards and fridge search for your local 'whole food' shop using the internet and find retailers that sell bulk beans, pulses, nuts, vegetables and go fill up some old tupperware. Fair Shares in Elephand & Castle is GREAT, cheap, fun and deliciously less convenient.
Stopping snacking isn't necessay, just get innovative. Fry up some bananas, or grill some aubergine, oven some brocolli and take it for later. I've been whipping up hummus like there's no tomorrow and eating with bakery bread or carrots.
Also, there are dirty, great big bags of nuts and dried fruits here. They tend to come organic and wrapped almost entirely in aluminium.
Avoiding a lifettime of plastic toothbrush disposal is easy. There's a zero-waste, carbon neutral bamboo toothbrush available on the market, and Preserve also make recycled plastic yoghurt cup toothbrushes too.
Ingredients: Baking soda, pinch of salf, coconut oil, mint essential oil
Check out the local whole food shop where you can refill your ecover washing up liquid, soaps, sprays and laundry liquids.
Or buy organic, vegan, biodegradable, sustainable and hypoallergenic soap nut fruits for natural laundry washing that is free from synthetics and toxic ingredients.