Let's talk about a dirty little secret that's impacting us all: plastic pollution. You might be thinking, "I recycle, so it doesn't affect me," or "I only use plastic once in a while, so what's the harm?" Well, friend, the truth is that plastic pollution has a much bigger impact on our health and the environment than you might realise. So, let's dive in and take a closer look.
Where does plastic come from?
Plastic is made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource that takes millions of years to form. This means that every time we use plastic, we're depleting a finite resource that can't be replaced. But that's not even the worst part. Plastic can take hundreds or even thousands of years to break down, which means that the plastic we use today will still be around long after we're gone.
How does plastic affect us?
For starters, plastic pollution has a direct impact on our health. When plastic breaks down, it releases harmful chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates into the environment. These chemicals can make their way into our food and water, and studies have linked them to health problems like cancer, developmental delays, and hormonal imbalances.
But the impact of plastic pollution goes beyond just our health. It also affects the environment in ways that can have a ripple effect on all living things. Plastic pollution can harm wildlife, damage ecosystems, and even impact the climate. When plastic ends up in the ocean, it can entangle marine animals or be mistaken for food, eventually working its way up the food chain.
What can we do to reduce plastic pollution?
The good news is that there are plenty of simple swaps we can make in our daily lives to produce less plastic waste. Choosing refillable products without plastic packaging, like our Keeper Clean Hand Soap and cleaning products and eco-friendly pod refills, is a great place to start. Using reusable bags, water bottles, and coffee cups are a great way to minimise using single-use plastics when you're out and about.
Remember, making small changes in our daily lives can add up to a big impact. By reducing our use of plastic and supporting sustainable products, we can help protect our health and the health of the planet. So, let's do our part and say goodbye to plastic pollution for good!