Unfortunately, the pollution of our environment is a very common topic today and if we do not take joint actions, it can have devastating consequences in the coming years.
Plastic is one of the materials that has the greatest responsibility regarding contamination of the environment; It appeared approximately 70 years ago, creating a dependency due to its low cost and the variety of use that can be assigned to it since then. Being a derivative of petroleum, it is not a natural material and its decomposition can take 100 to 400 years; at the same time that it is polluting the environment and especially drowning our planet.
Do you know where the plastic ends?
Unfortunately most of the plastic ends up not only in the dirt, but also in our oceans, being this the most affected; causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem and marine fauna. Each year an approximate of 8 million tons reaches the sea, turning it into a garbage dump; And if we do not take responsible actions, by 2050 it is estimated that there will be the same amount of plastic as fish in the sea. Sad but true.
This fact is threatening a large number of species, being among the most harmed seabirds, turtles, seals, to name a few, as you are, they can either ingest, become entangled or even even suffocate with plastic.
For these and many other reasons every June 8 since 2018 we celebrate world ocean day, taking advantage of the fact that it is the green month of the year, since the day is also celebrated environment. In this month the population is not only made aware through activities, events and fairs around the country, but its greatness is celebrated for being the lung of the planet.
On the other hand, incineration of plastic is also not the best solution, as it contributes to contamination as well. When going through this process, it releases very toxic substances that can cause medium and long-term diseases.
Finally, the option that we must choose is recycling of the same, turning plastic into raw material for the elaboration of other products; or simply giving it other uses. For this, we need the government and companies to help us find green solutions to make less impact on our planet in order to create an eco-friendly culture. In this way we will be able to educate ourselves and become aware of opting for more environmentally friendly lifestyles.
In the meantime, Go ahead and inspire others to make big changes with these little actions:
- Eliminate the use of plastic bags and replace them with ecological or fabric ones.
- Avoid the use of plastic bottles. Use our bamboo bottle.
- Avoid eating chewing gum, which, believe it or not, has plastic!
- Find other alternatives to replace everyday objects: glass containers, ecological toothbrushes, among others.