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Avoid Plastic and Saving the Earth. Some might say that it sounds like a mission for the Avengers, or maybe Captain Planet. We can all agree that plastic pollution is a major problem that needs to be solved, but you are probably wondering how you, as a regular person, can help. Educating yourself is definitely the first step! (And we can help with building an earth-friendly closet, too.)
What is plastic pollution?
Plastic Pollution is the mass accumulation of plastic waste in the Earth’s environment, thats has negative long term consequences to the wildlife, the environment and humans. According to National Geographic, in 2016 the world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, and is rapidly increasing each year. Apparently, 91% of the plastic is not being recycled. The plastic that is not recycled is usually found on beaches, landfills, clogging waste streams and poisoning marine life. Save the fish!
What is the solution?
Recycling is one of the major solutions of lowering plastic pollution. Surprisingly, only about 23-25% of the plastic produced in the US is recycled. The plastic that is not, is dumped into landfills. It can take 450 to 1,000 years to decompose. The question is: what can plastic be recycled into? Here is just a small list of many things that you can create with recycled plastic:
Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories: In recent years, blending recycled plastic into fabrics and fibers has been emerging. Our brand, Indigo Apparel, makes it our main priority to provide our customer sustainable luxury clothing. Our Zero Waste initiative allows us to find creative ways to use recycled material within our clothing to help lower plastic waste,as well as post consumer waste. Our leggings, t-shirts, skirts, beanies and other apparel, are created with a blend of post consumer waste and organic fibers/fabrics made of RPET material.
Indoor/Outdoor Furniture and decor: lawn chairs, tables, vases, paintings, etc
Carpeting and Rugs: It takes approximately 50 two-liter bottles to create one square yard of carpet fiber.
Countertops: recycled plastic can be dyed to imitate the look of marble countertops!
A Little Change Goes A Long Way
Here are small changes you can do in your every day life that can decrease your contribution to plastic pollution.
Switch to reusable products: Reusable cloth bags and metal/glass reusable bottles are readily available online, in supermarkets or retail store at an inexpensive cost.
Say no to straws: Ditching plastic straw will easily lower the amount of plastic waste. Americans on average uses more than 500 million drinking straws daily.
Be conscious of where you shop. Try shopping at companies that used recycled material or have low waste output. (Indigo Apparel is definitely a good start.)
Replace your plastic tupperware with glass or metal
Use wire hanger instead of plastic
Swap plastic toothbrushes with bamboo: One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every single year, creating about 50 million pounds of waste annually
What is your opinion about plastic pollution? Do you currently do anything to help lower you waste output? If you have any suggestions, or points we can add to our list, please share with us (comment at the top)!
by Naomi Jackson