It’s so hard to be plastic free when everything is put in plastic for our convenience. I carry reusable shopping bags, we have reusable coffee cups and when we combine our family rubbish with WashBar’s rubbish we struggle to find 1 bag a fortnight to take to the tip. Plastic bags do arrive at our home because others think it’s convenient and we don’t say no often enough.
The facts speak for themselves: over a trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. In NZ (with a small population of 4 million) we use close to 1 billion. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade, which means our plastic bags aren’t our problem, or our children’s children’s problem – they are left for someone far removed from us.
For the time being they present a massive problem to the world’s sea life. It is estimated that every year waste plastic kills 1 million seabirds and over 100,000 sea mammals, with many more injured.
Sobering thoughts. I am going to try harder. I am going to do better.