Since it's the weekend, I thought I would give everyone some food for thought, so hopefully this weekend, you'll try to do your bit for your planet.
1. It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down (polyethylene is the most common plastic used)
2. we produce 20 times more plastic now than 50 years ago!
3. 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
4. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
5. According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone "from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere." Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south as the Falkland Islands.
How you can do your part:
1. When you go out shopping this weekend, remember to bring your own cloth bags, or recycled bags.
2. If you're eating out, bring your own container to take home the leftovers.
3. Buy laundry detergent in paper boxes instead of detergent in plastic containers
4. If you purchase something packaged in glass, clean out the glass container and reuse it for food storage
5. When ordering drinks, say 'No straw, please!'
6. Buy your music online, instead of at the store
7. When you're buying coffee to take away, bring your own container. The drink lid and the lining in your cup are plastic, and will live for another 100 years!
8. When you're having food delivered, remind them not to send plastic utensils. You already have your own cutlery at home! You can also keep a set of utensils handy in the office as well!
These are just a few of the things you can do. Every little bit helps! Tell us what you've done to reduce your use of plastic.
source: wikipedia, takepart, waste online, squidoo