As we all know, single-use plastic is a huge environmental problem. The EPA has stated that nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to grow. The following is an excerpt from the Center for Biological Diversity:
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the problem but there are things each one of us can do to cut down on our use of single-use plastics. And while some methods, like avoiding plastic straws to save sea life, have gotten lots of ink recently, the fact is, while straws are prevalent, plastic from commercial fishing makes up approximately 20% of all ocean plastic and nearly 80% of all ocean plastic comes from land-based sources.
How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?
Even as the novelty of plastic has faded, the demand for it has continued to grow exponentially over the last 70 years. According to Plastic Ocean, approximately 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally every year. And nearly half of the plastic produced is used to create disposable, single-use items. The result is more than 18 billion tons of discarded plastic entering our oceans each year.
Estimates show that the average American produces 4.40lbs of unrecycled trash each day, the majority of which is some kind of packaging.
I’ve made other attempts to ditch single-use plastic and there’s definitely been some progress. But, in the interest of making a bigger impact, both for myself and for anyone also looking to improve, I’ve decided to dedicate the month of September to finding more sustainable alternatives to my most wasteful personal care items, from ‘that time of the month’ necessities, to toothpaste, skincare, and shaving.
I hope that these posts will help inspire you guys to reduce your own single-use plastic usage and find more sustainable alternatives in your everyday lives as well as introduce you to some great brands.