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Mission is to help people shift their consumption habits when it comes to single-use plastic.
Have you heard about Plastic Free July? This worldwide awareness campaign was first launched in 2011 in Australia. Its mission is to help people shift their consumption habits when it comes to single-use plastic. To this day, Plastic Free July has inspired approximately 326 million people, located in over 177 countries. What are the real environmental impacts of single-use plastic? Would you like to be part of the initiative but do not know where to start?
The list of harmful environmental — and even to human health — impacts of plastic is extensive. First, single-use plastic reduces the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and its storage in the deep ocean. Plastic microparticles in the water can affect the photosynthetic process carried out by phytoplankton. Consequently, since photosynthesis is disrupted, the CO2 storage in the ocean floor is compromised. Furthermore, single-use plastics contribute to greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions during the various stages of fossil fuel handling (such as extraction, transportation, and refining), which are highly hazardous for the environment.
Phytoplankton is not only used in the photosynthesis process. It is also the base of the food chain for many marine animals. Consequently, since phytoplankton is being affected by plastics, it becomes the first of many harmful constituents to all marine wildlife. Plastic found whole in the oceans also perturbs marine ecosystems and animals. Due to plastic, many animals are injured, get sick, have reproductive problems, etc. The Internet is overflowing with images of various marine and aquatic animals trapped by plastic — fish, turtles, ducks, whales, etc. Moreover, since fish is the food base for other living creatures, including humans, it is easy to deduce that plastic’s harmful effects are more significant than we might sometimes imagine.
Reducing single-use plastic items in our everyday lives is more accessible than one might think. Here are some examples[3,4] :
To help you reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste in your home, work, school, or shopping mall, here are some suggestions for environmentally friendly, 100% natural, and biodegradable products that can easily replace this material:
Moreover, do not forget that refills are available for several of our products!
By replacing your single-use plastic products with one of the proposed alternatives, you will do one small deed that, collectively, will make a tremendous difference for the environment. You will soon realize that it is effortless to be single-use plastic-free!