We all know that recycling is a huge part of keeping our environment clean and safe. Reducing consumption also plays a significant role in having a clean environment. If we had to choose one form of waste that has been the most harmful, that would be single-use plastic.

What Is Single-Use Plastic?

Single-use plastic is a global problem that's getting worse by the minute. These items, which can be made from fossil fuels and designed to last only one use before they need replacing with new material or going into recycling programs, have been harming our oceans for decades now—and we're still finding them everywhere! The amount of these unnecessary pollutants in our oceans is genuinely astounding. According to recent studies on behalf of The World Economic Forum (WEF), 8 million tons of plastic were floating near Northwest Europe maritime borders back in 2007; today, you'll find hundreds more than this number bobbing about beneath your boat's deck. Single-use plastics can include straws, bags, cutlery and bottles. Most people don't think of how often we use it, but every time you go to the grocery store and grab a bag for your produce, that is a single-use bag. When you're thirsty and purchase your favourite soda, that is a single-use bottle. These choices have a significant impact on our environment. 

What's The Harm Of Single-Use Plastic? 

A lot. The materials used to manufacture plastic requires fossil fuels, crude oil, and transportation. Every stage of plastic's lifecycle pollutes. Plastic contributes to air, land and water pollution even before it becomes trash. Littering is only one stage of pollution, and it doesn't even need rain or storm drains to impact the planet. Just ten rivers hold 93% of total plastic entering our oceans each year - that means just three littered rivers = over 2 billion bits floating around, infiltrating our water and wildlife alike. 

Climate and Air

The climate, oceans, biodiversity and plastic pollution crises are all linked. Emerging science has said that plastic pollution can impact the ocean's ability to absorb CO2 and store it deep in the water, which helps regulate climate. Plastic also plays a big part in creating harmful greenhouse gasses and harmful air pollutants, a significant cause of global warming.

Wildlife

Countless animals are killed by plastic. Fishes and turtles are found with some fishing gear in their stomachs. Animals often mistake plastic for food; these can pierce their organs or block their digestive tract, causing death.

How Can We Reduce Plastic Waste?

In Canada, we have taken actions to limit the use of plastic waste. This includes government regulations to help recycle, reuse, and reduce plastic consumption and create more sustainable plastic waste management. Although we are far from a complete solution, there are things we can do to help. 

  • Use reusable bags when grocery shopping. Bring cloth bags or bins. 
  • Purchase coffee mugs and reusable water bottles.
  • Avoid non-recycled straws and cutlery.
  • Recycle as much as possible.
  • Bring your take-out containers to restaurants or support businesses that use recyclable take-out boxes.

We can all do our part to help the environment and reduce the dangers of single-use plastic. Here at BioFlexx, the atmosphere is our priority. We offer alternatives to single-use plastics such as compostable bags, straws, cutlery, take-out boxes and more! Contact us at BioFlexx today for more information, and help us keep our world a greener and safe environment to live in. 

Article sources:

https://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/story/37806/single-use-plastics-are-a-health-risk-period/

https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/blog/the-effects-of-single-use-plastic.html

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/single-use-plastics-101#what