Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans.
It is estimated that 1.1 to 8.8 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste enters the ocean from coastal communities each year. Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects or problems related to ingestion of plastic waste or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Humans are also affected by plastic pollution, such as through disruption of various hormonal mechanisms.
We at UNREAL SIDE site want to give our part for the benefit of our societies with some Ideas that we could implement in our daily lives.
- Some steps are simple as can be, Wear Plants, Not Plastic Tote Bag. For your groceries buy, online clothing made bags with natural fibers and dyes here is the link to buy.
If you have free spare time you could DIY your self a simple bag from T-shirts for 10 minutes, here is Tutorial for the instructions to click HERE link goes on another page.
3.The last option is to find a tailor that will sew you one for you
2. STOP Buying Bottled Water
4 Reasons not to buy plastic bottles
1. IT IS AN EXPENSIVE OPTION
2. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
3. PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE A WASTE OF RESOURCES
4. HARMFUL CHEMICALS
3. Drink your own cafe from the thermos to the work or elsewhere when outside.
With your own thermos for to-go coffee is another way to reduce your plastic footprint. Disposable coffee cups might look like paper but they’re usually lined with polyethylene, a type of plastic resin. In theory, these materials can be recycled, but most places lack the infrastructure to do so. Then there are lids, stirrers, and coffee vendors that still use polystyrene foam cups—which can all be avoided with your own mug.
4. Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags
It’s easier to recycle cardboard than plastic, plus paper products tend to biodegrade more easily without adding a lot of weight to the product the way glass or aluminum can. So, when you have the choice, pick pasta in the box instead of pasta in a bag, or detergent in the box instead of the bottle. Even better would be to check for companies that source their cardboard sustainably or have a strong stance on deforestation.
5. Say no to straws
Whether for home use or when you’re ordering a drink at a bar or restaurant, plastic straws are often a single-use item that’s just not necessary. Use reusable metal straws, some cafes sell reusable metal straws. They come with a carrying case and brush for washing.
6. Skip the disposable razor
7. Switch from disposable diapers to cloth
If you’ve got a young baby, you know how many diapers can end up in the trash each day. TreeHugger writers are pretty big fans of the reusable cloth option, read Michael Graham Richard’s experience with them as a new dad and Katherine Martinko’s recommended brands.
8. Make your period waste-free
There are a number of non-disposable options out there to cut down on period waste, from the Diva Cup to the Ruby Cup to DIY-with-pride reusable pads. All these choices reduce the incredible amount of packaging that most pads and tampons are encased in. If you’re not in a situation where giving up tampons is an option, consider skipping brands with plastic applicators.
9. Re-think your food storage
Plastic baggies, plastic wrap, and plastic storage containers are worth re-evaluating. Instead of sandwich baggies, why not pack a bento box or a cute tiffin (shown at the top of this post) for lunch? Instead of throwing away plastic zipper bags or wrapping things in Saran wrap, why not use jars or glass containers in the fridge? When it comes to carrying out, these types of containers be used instead of disposable ones—although it can definitely take a bit of courage and some explaining to help your local restaurants to understand.
10. Shop in The plastic-free stores
The stores are a “zero waste” store. You bring your own bags, containers, etc.
They encourage people to bring their own containers, jars, bags, … and for some items, like veggies milk and dietary products they are packaged in glass and you pay a small deposit for the glass which is refunded once you return the glass.
Handles for kombucha are made out of plastic, as well as lids you can see on the right-hand side, but except for these and the cashier computer, they paid attention that they use as little of plastic as possible when furnishing their store. Majority of the furniture is created out of reused wooden pallets.