We dump 200 kg of plastic into the sea every second.
They represent 8 million tons per year.
Some of this waste dissolves in a matter of months, but much of it will remain in nature for hundreds of years, starting a cycle in our food chain.
During this cycle, the microplastics will be consumed by marine species, which in turn will serve as food for other animals and, at some point, they will reach the supermarkets where we buy food.
The cycle closes as we ingest the plastics and these have a disastrous effect on our health.
While this is happening, we continue to increase our production, dependence, and exposure to these materials.
I was able to see and experience firsthand this a couple of years ago, while I lived a season in Thailand with my girlfriend, in the island of Ko Phangan.
It was a natural paradise, we lived in a cabin overlooking the sea and every morning we went to the beach.
The first day we were struck by the amount of trash: bags, cigarette butts, tetrabrik containers, and other plastic waste.
Locals were picking up and cleaning the trash every morning from the beach but throughout the day and night, the water continued to bring more.
It is very shocking to see in first person the scale of what we are doing to the planet.
Upon our return from Thailand, we began to become more aware of the trash we generated at home:
- We recycle everything by split waste containers
- We avoid whenever we can plastic wrappers, especially single-use ones.
- We started to bring our own reusable fruit bags to the supermarket, cashiers love them, you can find them in Amazon
- We purchased a water filter so that we don’t need to buy bottled water. The best one we found is eSpring.
Those are small habits that are easy to incorporate into our daily life and, with all of us combined, can have a significant impact in our environment.
I have just released a course to raise awareness over the amount of trash we produce and how badly it impacts the planet we live in.
It contains practical knowledge like the above tips that can help you live in a more conscious way. Earth is the only home we have, and it’s now more important than ever to take good care of it.
Check my course here: Introduction to Zero Waste Living, it’s a link that has a coupon so that you can grab it for free for being one of my blog readers.
It took us over three months to produce and now we are giving it for free in order to spread the message. Please share it with your friends if you like it and I’d love to know any feedback on how to improve it.