July is plastic free month, every year approximately 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our ocean (that is a lot of plastic). Some people have taken the challenge upon themselves of going through July without producing ANY plastic waste, be it through not buying single-use plastics in the first place, or making sure you’re getting the most out of, and recycling your plastics.
Learn more about Plastic free July here: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org.
Of course, keeping your plastic waste non-existent requires time, patience and creativity, so cutting out single-use plastic altogether is a nearly impossible task for many, but we could all cut down on plastic waste somewhat, and there is a wealth of information at our fingertips to make it a bit easier on the average Joe.
Try EcoWatches’s 22 facts about plastic pollution (and 10 things we can do about it) here: https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html.
Keeping your plastic use to a minimum is a sure-fire way to shrink your carbon footprint but is one of many things we can be doing to keep our conscience clear and our polar bears happy.
As the UK’s lockdown is slowly relaxing and a sense of normality is being restored, it would be all too easy to slip back into our old ways of, for many, wastefulness, and ignorance towards our environment. A large percentage of us stuck inside have had our eyes opened somewhat to what has been going on around us, and the obvious changes to our planet now us humans are travelling less, buying less convenience foods wrapped in single use plastics, printing less as we work from home, and having many other changes to our lifestyles (not to say it hasn’t brought its own share of difficulties).
So when life is back to normal, why don’t we all make a conscious effort to lower our carbon footprint, and not let the earth’s well-deserved rest from us go to waste. Just like with plastic free July, there’s also an abundance of information about that for us to find, such as Columbia University’s ’The 35 easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint’ which you can find here: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/12/27/35-ways-reduce-carbon-footprint.
Here at Cosmic, a cross-cutting theme of ours is sustainability, and we are passionate about our planet, so with this fresh start, why don’t you join us in making more of an effort, keeping our conscience clear, and our polar bears happy.