Have you ever seen a garbage truck and wondered, what happens to all of the garbage we trow out and where does it go?
Maybe you did, maybe you didn't, but today I will be giving you just a little glimpse of the topic, really, it's alarming.
Did you know that not all plastic is being recycled? They end up with regular garbage with ends up in the ocean due to weather, like the wind. Plastic takes very long to brake down and if it is, there are bits of plastic all over the ocean that sea animals may consume, eventually ending up in our bellies.
''Ocean plastic is estimated to kill millions of marine animals every year. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by it. Some are harmed visibly—strangled by abandoned fishing nets or discarded six-pack rings. Many more are probably harmed invisibly. Marine species of all sizes, from zooplankton to whales, now eat microplastics, the bits smaller than one-fifth of an inch across.''
''Because plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin—a figure that stunned the scientists who crunched the numbers in 2017.''
''No one knows how much unrecycled plastic waste ends up in the ocean, Earth’s last sink. In 2015, Jenna Jambeck, a University of Georgia engineering professor, caught everyone’s attention with a rough estimate: between 5.3 million and 14 million tons each year just from coastal regions. Most of it isn’t thrown off ships, she and her colleagues say, but is dumped carelessly on land or in rivers, mostly in Asia. It’s then blown or washed into the sea. Imagine five plastic grocery bags stuffed with plastic trash, Jambeck says, sitting on every foot of coastline around the world—that would correspond to about 8.8 million tons, her middle-of-the-road estimate of what the ocean gets from us annually. It’s unclear how long it will take for that plastic to completely biodegrade into its constituent molecules. Estimates range from 450 years to never.''
This reminds me of the movie ''Wallie'', when all humans had to abandon the planet because of an overflow of garbage, it was not livable anymore!
I know, this is a lot of information to take in but you do not have to change you whole life in an instant. You could make small changes and once you have made one go to the next one.
In this blog, I will show you how you make small changes, especially in the kitchen area, that are small but will surely make a difference.
Instead of buying plastic water bottles, invest in a good watering filter system for your home, it will be more healthy for you and your family, and it will cost less in the long run. Buy a good water bottle where you can take water from home and take with you where ever you go.
Coffee / Espresso Cups:
If you love coffee / espresso, you know what I am talking about. These little cups that are full of flavor to give you that boost you need in the morning, gets used only once and gets tossed into the garbage. Get yourself a reusable one here:
Vacuum Sealer Bags:
Many times when you go grocery shopping you end up buying more than you actually need, and food goes to waste. This harms your wallet, time, and the environment. Invest in sealer bags where you will be able to increase your produce's freshness.
Stainless Steel Straw:
If you are a big fan of straws, you know that it takes time to organize all of your straws. They are everywhere and sometimes you might even toss them in the trash because it fell on the floor without using them. Get a one time buy straw that will look very sleek and fashionable where ever you take them out to use it.
These plastic little bags are everywhere at the supermarket. There are really only used to put the produce you will buy, take it home, and throw them away. No one really reuses them, so why not buy one that you can and will.
Baking sheets are a one time thing, they get dirty, they may stick to your baking pan, and it's over. You also have to go thru the hassle of constantly cutting the wax paper to fit your pan. You can buy a reusable baking mat. They are easy to clean out and high temperature resistant.
If you are a tea drinker, just imagine where all of those tea baggies end up, that is actually not necessary. You can make your own teas by buying the herbs you need and a tea infuser. So much cheaper and healthier.
Sometimes you may buy dry goods that comes in a very good glass or plastic container, do not throw them away. There are many uses for them but one of them is storing other goods in them. Buy reusable labels so you can write and erase the name of your goods in them. You won't have to go thru the peeling again!
Free yourself from having to buy the same things over and over again. Invest in good quality products one time and same money on the long run. You are not only doing a good deed to yourself but to everyone around, the animals, and our planet.