CUT ON PLASTICS

Try and avoid buying plastics as much as you can. Use products with no plastic packaging.

We see it in the news and read it in the newspapers all around the word: more and more sea animals die because of plastics in their stomach!

Researchers say that in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea… and if we look at the amount of waste that remains on our beaches after a coastal storm, well it looks like the trend is even worse than what they say!!!

We all have a feeling that the “plastic” issue literally exploded all of a sudden only a few months ago. Actually, that plastic is a major source of pollution and that we were heading towards the point of no return was no secret but we all, from politicians to common people, continued to live as if it was somebody’s else problem and responsibility. The problem did not spread all of a sudden, we simply became aware of it.

So, let’s not hide behind the excuse of feeling unprepared, paralyzed, unaware of what we can do or from where we can start. It would be easy to continue and ignore the problem. But keeping on behaving like that would make us unethical. The environment emergency that we are now facing can no longer be ignored. Each one of us can or better must do something. It doesn’t matter if we can afford only small actions. Many small actions make a big revolution! Little is better than nothing, but if everybody does little, then it becomes something huge!!!

To start with, we can change our purchasing behaviour more or less gradually. We can stop to buy products packed up in plastics while we consume those products that we already bought. In the meantime we can collect information about what we can buy as an alternative and where. Some beauty brands have already started their own battle against plastics and are starting to sell “nude” or compact products, unwrapped or with bio packaging.

The same applies for cleaning products, from floor detergents to washing powder. As an alternative to plastic, some supermarkets now sell bulk products: you go there with your own recycled container or bottle and refill it. Another option may be using brasilian nuts, that are naturally rich in soap.

We should avoid plastic bags. Supermarkets and shops can no longer distribute them among their customers and have been selling biodegradable bags. However, these break more easily when filled with heavy products. So, let’s make an habit of taking a cloth bag or more with us. They can be easily folded and recycled, therefore they can be easily carried in our purse or in our work bag.

We also recommend that you buy less more often, possibly round the corner. You will thus avoid buying cellophaned family packs and if you, for example, buy at your local fruit seller, you will reduce plastic waste and will buy fresher food, helping small businesses.

Last but not least, fast fashion, i.e. temporary, low-cost apparel, has pros and cons. If, on one hand, it allows everybody to have a considerable and trendy wardrobe, on the other hand it is made of low-quality, unnatural fibers. End result: once we dismiss a garment and throw it away, it will take years before it degrades and in the meantime it will have released millions of microplastics that are harmful if not lethal for animals and for the nature! Our suggestion is to buy more classical items that last longer and made of natural fibers like cotton or linen.

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