The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that humans produce 300 million tons of plastic globally every year. Half of the plastic consumed is for single-use. In 2016, the United States alone had produced 42 million tons of plastic waste—the most generated by any other country.
Unfortunately, humans only dispose of a tiny fraction of plastics the correct way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 8.7% of plastics were recycled, or 3.3 million tons, in the United States in 2018.
Plastic bags can take approximately 1,000 years to break down, in which the particles seep into and contaminate the earth’s soils and waterways. This requires extensive purification of our drinking water to keep humans from consuming plastics. Even still, scientists believe we ingest about 5 grams of plastic every day, about the weight of a credit card.
There are several valid reasons why plastic bags should be banned, including the harm it causes to humans, wildlife and ecosystems. Yet, you may be wondering how to use them less and what alternatives are available. Here are five effective ways to cut plastic bags from your shopping.
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Maybe eliminating single-use plastic entirely feels daunting, but by shopping mindfully, you can make a difference without sacrificing your creature comforts.
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The platform for Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated annually on the 28th of May, shares some guides to raise awareness on the lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermining the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world resulting in millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential. Some guides follow below:
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Flushed items like wet wipes, cotton buds and dental floss can take more than 500 years to biodegrade in the ocean
- New 2019 research shows that UK residents are flushing more condoms, tampons, cotton buds and wet wipes than in 2018
- According to MCSUK, 8.5% of items flushed will end up on the UK’s beaches
- UKDN creates quiz so that people can find out how long it would take for the items they flush to biodegrade in the ocean
According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every single year, and 8.5% of that comes from the items we flush down the toilet.
In 2018 wastewater and drainage company – UDKN Waterflow (LG) – conducted a survey to see exactly how often the items found in sewers, and those washed up on the UK’s beaches, are flushed.
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