Challenge number six – I say no to single use plastic

no plastic challenge

Recently, disposable plastic such as straws, plastic cups, and cutlery,q-tips seems to be the subject number one. The omnipresent plastic represents 85% of the waste going to the sea. Its fragments are found in the air, in water, and in food. They even enter our lungs and finish on our tables. The issue is finally on the agenda of the European Commission. It wants to ban the use of plastics in products for which there are easily available and affordable substitutes. Disposable plastic products will be banned from being put on the market.

However, before this happens, we recommend introducing some ecological habits to our everyday life.

A few months ago we decided to say ‘goodbye’ to plastic straws. Today, we are going a step further and giving up single-use plastic items!

Why is it important?

Each year, 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced and 40% are single-use, meaning they are used only once before being thrown away. More than eight million tonnes of plastic are discharged into the sea each year! In the meantime:

  • Plastics are mainly produced from petroleum
  • The production involves high CO2 emissions
  • It can take up to 1000 years for it to decompose completely. One plastic bag will exist on our planet for almost 500 years!
  • Not all plastics are recyclable like straws
  • Some polymers may release toxins and harmful chemicals if they come into contact with food, or are used several times.
  • Plastics can cause endocrine disrupting have carcinogenic effects
  • It’s a major cause of pollution of the seas and oceans
  • It is dangerous and even potentially lethal for marine animals and birds
  • Plastic particles drifting in the ocean enter the food chain

What can I do?

Boycotting plastics, and in particular single-use plastics, is neither expensive nor time-consuming.  Just be aware of a few simple eco-gestures every day and regardless the occasion:

  • When shopping, use a cotton reusable bag that you’ll always carry with you, in your handbag or in your car. Refuse plastic bags.
  • Do not purchase drinks in plastic bottles PET, they are not only not environmentally friendly, but can be harmful. Buy a glass or stainless steel bottle instead.
  • Instead of liquid soap, choose the bar!
  • When buying fruit and vegetables, try to choose those that are not covered with plastic film or that are in plastic containers.
  • Buy your own cup or thermal mug for hot drinks. When you buy a takeaway coffee, you can ask to pour it directly into your cup. Do you sweeten? Remember to carry on a spoon, of course, steel one!
  • Don’t use plastic straws. If you can’t avoid them, choose those made of bamboo, glass or stainless steel.
  • Remember that balloons are unfortunately also plastic. Your party will be as successful if you do not have them.
  • Do not use plastic plates or cutlery during the summer picnics. Seek for alternatives!
  • If you use plastic, remember to segregate your waste. Unfortunately, only 21% of plastic objects have a chance for a ‘second life’.

No plastic in my sea

No plastic in my sea is a French association that fights plastic pollution and its impact on our ecosystem on a daily basis. Currently, it organizes the so-called ” No plastic challenge “, which aims to break free from single-use plastic objects.

We are very happy to join this challenge and encourage you to do so!

Remember that there is no planet B, so it is worth to make changes today.

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