Imagine a garbage truck full of plastic driving up to the seashore and dumping all its contents into the ocean. A minute later, the next one arrives and does the same, and this continues every minute, 24/7/365, for decades, and you know we have a problem to solve.
Plastic is surely the worst invention of our time. It’s ubiquitous!
We can’t get away from it. It invades every aspect of our lives.
When I look around, I see it everywhere even though I am environmentally aware and avoid it as much as possible.
What a pity that such an insidious thing has stealthily overtaken us.
As with almost every issue of pressing concern, we must have mindful leadership to combat this crisis. But with so many crises at once, where will this one fit in?
So pleased to hear Kenya has not succumbed to the plastic fetish. In the 80’s there was very little plastic and every scrap was used, reused and repurposed. The kids made the most amazing toys cars from plastic, bottle caps & scraps of wire. And their soccer balls were constructed out of the bits of plastic they could find. I love Kenya and the wonderful resourceful Kenyans.💙from one of the Watu Wa Amani 81-83.
Thank you for talking plastic again. Such an important issue that impacts us all.
The main thing I do is my podcast where I raise awareness and call out everybody who says recycling is THE way out. It just isn’t. We’re told so many lies it’s infuriating. Of course if you pretend that recycling is the way out then the blame is firmly put on the consumer – “if you recycled, we wouldn’t be in this mess”. Not a lot of people talk about that only 21% of plastics are even recyclable; that those fancy things your clothes are made of are plastics – your rain jacket might be 100% plastic, but it won’t say that on the label; that paper cups are lined with a plastic film that makes it impossible to recycle; that aluminum cans are lined with plastic; that cigarette butts are made of plastic; and don’t get me started on chemicals. Once people caught on that BPA was bad BPA-free became a selling point. That’s not the end of it though, because they might just use BPB etc. instead. And even if we go circular as PET beverage bottle recycling has in Switzerland, that’s still a lot of energy that’s used. Using less, producing less and reusing what we have is a better option. Most of the plastic that ends up in the ocean is there due to mismanagement. That’s a place to start. Also, did you know that the biggest contributor to microplastic pollution is car tires?
I’m glad these talks are happening. They are urgently necessary for all the reasons you listed. But even with all the knowledge I’ve gathered myself I find it difficult to avoid plastic in my daily life. Most of the time there isn’t an alternative. Especially if you want to buy something to drink – it’s PET bottles all the way. Sitting down for lunch at a restaurant every day is not feasible and in Zurich – unaffordable.
The issue of plastic waste makes me insane. I'm the woman running down the street after a grocery bag. I once removed a damn grocery bag from the horns of an angry goat. I yelled across the street at city workers who pulled their trash truck up to the totes at the park and emptied the trash bin AND the recycle bin into the truck. They shrugged at me. Like oil production, plastic production needs to stop. The only plastic that enters my home are bottles of water to be chilled before going to my homeless neighbors. I hate plastic. Nothing makes me more incensed than the thought of a beautiful animal ingesting or caught in plastic. The answer? I wish I knew.
You can buy Alex a cup of coffee in a ceramic cup here. Thank you, Alex for bringing us the information on the global plastic treaty. Did I mention I hate plastic?
Thank you for bringing a bit of hopeful news!