Since 1970, Earth Day has been taking place annually on April 22. Every year there’s a theme and this year it’s all about the evils of plastic.
“End plastic pollution” is the name of the 2018 campaign. It aims to change people’s attitude towards and reduce the use of this ubiquitous material of modern times.
A plethora of plastic pollutes our oceans and land, refuses to decompose in landfill and interferes with various forms of life (humans and their hormones included). It seems almost inescapable in our everyday life from food, beverage and product packaging to sales people who insist on offering you a plastic bag no matter how small your purchase. However, you can help make a difference at home and abroad by adopting the following habits:
- Use a refillable eco-friendly water bottle (stainless steel, glass).
- Bring reusable bags with you when shopping and refuse plastic bags and any other unnecessary plastic packaging (eg mini bags for your bonbons).
- Invest in reusable produce bags and beeswax food wraps.
- Opt for low or zero plastic items (eg bamboo toothbrush instead of solid plastic one).
- Remove plastic trash from the environment and place in recycling if available.