This Valentine’s Day Let’s Show some love for our Planet.

From : 14th February 2021

 

Till : 20th February 2021

 

Plastic Free Challenge is our attempt to raise awareness on the damages which rampant use of plastic is causing to our environment and also encourage people to make wise decisions while making their day to day purchases. Use this time to engage in conversations revolving around plastic and environment pollution with your children, friends and family members.

  • We will share a variety of tips and tricks on how to avoid everyday plastic.
  • Do not throw away existing plastic (recycle or reuse it).
  • Practice this on a daily basis.
  • Update the feedback form you will receive via email every day to receive a completion certificate.

 

Check out some tips here:

Shopping bags & Plastic packaging (snacks / groceries)

  • Carry your own metal container for take-out food.
  • Buy fresh bread from a bakery that is not plastic wrapped.
  • Cotton shopping bags can alone have a great impact.
  • Use bio-degradable garbage bags.

Toothbrush

  • Use bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one.

Plastic bottles (water / beverages)

  • Buy beverages sold in glass bottles.
  • Get a reusable metal or a glass water bottle. Say no to plastic bottles water from stores.
  • Use a soap bar and find shampoo bars if you can but not plastic bottles.
  • Choose milk in returnable glass bottles.

Plastic Straws

  •  Bamboo straw or a paper straw or a metal straw or an edible straws or just do without a straw but definitely no plastic straws.

Other Ways

  • Carry a reusable cutlary kit with you, wooden spoons, forks and straws.
  • Switch to reusable plastic free color pencils.
  • Switch to reusable snack bags instead of plastic ziplocks.
  • Go back to stainless steel razors.
  • Use glass jars in refrigerator not those ziplocks pouches.
  • Use a wooden comb, no more plastic.
  • Metal or glass lunch box for yourself and your kids.
  • Paper tapes instead of sellotapes, yes they are available. 🙂
  • Find a metal scissor without plastic base.
  • Metal dustpan do exist, let’s choose them the next time you need a replacement.

Plastic, specifically single use plastic articles are a major cause of pollution as these do not break down easily. These lead to significant rise in the landfills which poisons all the land surrounding it. Plastic also contaminates our rivers and ocean causing serious marine pollution.

 

One of the ways recommended to prevent plastic from entering the landfills is to recycle the article at home itself. It’s estimated that only around 20% of the plastic is being recycled across the globe. We would request you to kindly ensure that you opt for recycling of the article as you make the transitions to a sustainable lifestyle.

 

Please watch out for tips and suggestions for alternatives to plastic all through the week. We would also encourage you to write to us at info@volunteerhere.in with your transition story and we would be happy to feature the same.

 

 

Facts & Figures:

  • 100 million animals including whales, dolphins and turtles die from plastic pollution each year.
  • 1 million seabirds die each year from plastic debris.
  • Upto 1 million people die due to plastic mismanagement especially in poor countries
  • People consume about 30KGs of micro-plastics found in contaminated food, fruits, vegetables, bottled water, sugar, salt and even alcohol causing cancer in thousands of us.
  • Micro-plastics have found their way in the placentas of unborn babies.
  • We produce 400 billion metric tons for plastic each year, about 20,000 plastic bottles each second. And, expected to cross 2,000 billion metric tons by 2050.
  • Over 80% of this plastic cannot be recycled. It remains unchanged forever.
  • Coca-Cola is the highest plastic waste generator in the world followed by Pepsico, Nestle, Danone & Unilever.

 

Sources: