Imagine your plastic bottle starting to grow into a plastic-bottle-tree in a landfill…
Currently, the news is overflowing with stories about plastic in the oceans, recycling, living sustainably and so on. When was it? Yesterday, I think, we (the humans living on this planet that we call “Mother” earth) were advised that we should pay attention to climate change.
Just today, this image of some old plastic waste washed ashore onto my Instagram feed:
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A plastic washing-up bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found washed up on a beach in the UK with its lettering and messaging still clear, prompting warnings about the enduring problem of plastic waste. The item, found by a coastguard warden at a beach in Somerset, “still looks almost new”, despite being dated back to before decimalisation was introduced in Britain in 1971. Some types of plastic bottles take 450 years to break down. The UK produces more than 170m tonnes of waste a year, much of it food packaging, and only a third of plastic packaging is recycled. Photo: Burnham Coastguard
Plastic! It’s bloody everywhere!
And as the picture of the old washing-up liquid bottle proves, it (the plastic pollution problem) has been around for quite a while.
Littering has always been out of the question
I was brought up to respect nature, littering was out of the question (I even feel bad when it’s the stem of an apple going into the gutter by accident and not making it into the next bin). So, imagine how shocked I was at 22 when I saw a kid chuck a disposable cup into the gutter next to a bin or a dogwalker doing the same with a bag of poo… But then I received a certain education/brainwashing when it comes to littering. Continue reading “Being Eco-Friendly”