WHY REDUCING YOUR PLASTIC USAGE
WILL SAVE THE WORLD
"What difference can I make? I'm just one person??" Said, at least, 7 billion people? (the rest of them are either doing it already because they know they CAN make a difference, or they don't care. Hopefully more of the former, not the latter). Well, if all these just one persons start using bamboo biodegradable toothbrushes, there will be 50 million lbs (that's 1 billion toothbrushes) LESS plastic toothbrush waste tipping (only) American landfills! (this number does not include the landfills of the rest of the world). Humans may think that they can't make a difference individually, but if they are taking the steps to reduce all their plastic waste together as a community, they will make a WORLD of difference.
Did you know— Reducing your plastic usage, and therefore plastic waste, does not only help with reducing plastic waste accumulation on landfills (and our oceans)? It also alleviates climate change and Earth’s loss of biodiversity problems.
How so? You may ask.
Plastic production is fueled by energy from crude oil, a limited, non-renewable, cannot be recreated, and rapidly-depleting fossil fuel.
“Fossil fuel is a general term for buried combustible geologic deposits of organic materials, formed from decayed plants and animals that have been converted to crude oil, coal, natural gas, or heavy oils by exposure to heat and pressure in the earth's crust over hundreds of millions of years. The burning of fossil fuels by humans is the largest source of emissions of carbon dioxide, which is one of the greenhouse gases that allows radiative forcing and contributes to global warming” (from
Fossil fuels supply the energy to run power plants, trains, household furnaces and automobiles. They provide feedstock in the manufacturing of plastics, detergents, and agricultural pesticides and fertilizers. They make up the key ingredient in asphalt that paves our roads and seals our roofs. They make possible life-saving pharmaceuticals. Without them, we will not have the same agriculture and economy as we know now. Transportation system would not be able to carry food/ raw material/ finished products across the globe and into various grocery stores, where most people depend on getting their daily consumptions.
Reducing the demand of plastic, will eventually reduce the supply/ plastic production. In turn, this reduction in plastic production will help reserve our depleting energy source. Fossil fuel is deemed non-renewable and rapidly-depleting because it is limited in its quantity. To give you an idea in numbers, fossil fuel originated somewhere between 541 and 66 million years ago, and in less than 200 years since we started using them, we have managed to almost deplete them. It is estimated that, at the current rate of the world’s production, we only have about 50-60 years left of petroleum resources and around 200 years of coal. If you are not concerned before, you should be now after reading this fact.
Of the three fossil fuels, oil is in most critical supply. Today, the world consumes 85.2 million barrels of oil a day. By 2020 this amount is expected to increase by 60 percent.
So what can I do that will make a difference? After all you are just one person, right? Wrong. You can make a difference by changing little habits that you do everyday, like cutting all single use (especially plastic) products, such as single used cups, cutleries, straw, toothbrush, plastic bag, etc. In place of them, you can buy reusable ones, or if necessary organic/ biodegradable/ compostable ones. You can also, instead of sending your plastic trash away with the trash service, you can start collecting your own Eco-Bricks (click here to learn more about Eco-Bricking) Check out this article to get some ideas on how to do your part for our Earth.