20 Apr Earth Day 2018 – End Plastic Pollution
Once upon a time, plastic was the strong, cheap and durable “wonder” material that would change the world. And change the world it did. Unfortunately, nobody foresaw just how detrimental this material would ultimately be to the environment.
The famous naturalist, David Attenborough, recalls all the excitement around the new plastic era back when he was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”
Decades later, most will agree that plastic is far from “wonderful”. According to independent.co.uk, there is 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than stars in our galaxy and by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish!
On 22 April we are celebrating Earth Day. Every year, earthday.org focuses their campaign on one pressing environmental concern and this year the war is on plastic.
Let’s celebrate Earth day by saying no to plastic and finding better alternatives.
Here is a comprehensive list of plastic alternatives for everyday items (info obtained from sustainablebebabysteps.com):