Easy things to do to help our Environment
Plastic Pollution. What is plastic pollution?
It’s plastic where it shouldn’t be. It’s in the sea and on the beach and it’s causing harm. We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Current estimates show that at last 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day. www.SAS.org.uk
How much plastic pollution is there?
Approximately 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tons. That is about the same as 1345 adult blue whales. And 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy. www.SAS.org.uk
How long does it last?
As we know, plastic is strong, flexible and durable making it extremely useful, however that also means it never really breaks down. A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment, slowly fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces which eventually end up microscopic but never truly go away. This means that every piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still with us, in some form. www.SAS.org.uk
The biggest problem is our single use plastic products usage. A simple plastic bag that many are using for a few minutes really take hundreds of years to fragment. This is harming our environment and our climate.
Some things we should all be doing in duty to our planet to reduce our single use plastics.
1) Use alternate shopping bags
There are so many cute tote bags that we can reuse every time we shop instead of paying (very little I know) for plastic bags. I know it's easier for some people to just go to the shops and buy a plastic bag to use but with just a little extra effort of bringing bags with you can reduce a LOT of plastic usage.
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. www.ConservingNow.com
2) Using products with plastic free packaging
Plastic packaging is so common and popular in many mainstream shops, stores, brands and products. It's also very common with affordable or cheaper products. But this increases the usage of plastic a lot. One way is to look for alternative plastic free packaged products which most of them end up helping the environment and the product itself is also very good!
40% of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded. www.NationalGeographic.com
3) Reusable water bottles, bottles, cups....
Buy and use reusable water bottles or cups for your beverages. There are so many creatively designed bottles and cups. They're affordable, easy to clean, use and make such cute accessories all whilst helping the environment.
More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day – a total of about 22 billion last year. www.Container-Recycling.org
4) Using paper or plastic-alternative straws
There are so many easier and affordable replacements to plastic straws. I think this is something that the food industry should pay extra attention too. Consumers should also look at paper straws and take them to use instead of plastic straws or buy metal straws which can be easily cleaner and it's very portable. Reusable stainless steel, glass, or bamboo straws are available. QueenYou is also working to get some amazing cute designed reusable straws at affordable price on our site, very soon.
One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's beaches. In the U.K., at least 4.4 billion straws are estimated to be thrown away annually. Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year. www.NationalGeographic.co.uk
5) Don't get bevarage tops.
I don't think many of us will actually spill our drinks...we drink from cups and glasses without tops so why do we need plastic bevarage tops?
Plastic bottles, the detritus of our throwaway water and soft drinks habits, are the most prevalent form of plastic pollution in European waterways, according to a new report. www.TheGuardian.com
These were some tips and things we have been doing and researching as people and as a brand.
I also found some more very helpful tips on https://www.earthday.org/2018/06/08/what-you-can-do-to-end-plastic-pollution/
There are so many tips and tricks and things we should be doing to reduce our plastic usage and other forms of pollution. Here at QueenYou we are always trying to research and share ways to help our environment, animals and ourselves. QueenYou has recyclable packaging, vegan and animal cruelty free.