Since the 1950s, about 8 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced and it’s found everywhere, all over the planet and even inside the human body. In other words, plastic is polluting everything.
But plastic is posing another threat that I’d never considered before: impact on the climate.
Plastic is mostly made up of carbon which is released when it breaks down. And researchers are saying this could have negative effects on ecosystems around the world.
One of those researchers, Aron Stubbins, professor of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern University in Boston says he was surprised by what he found:
“It was clear that there were some environments in which plastics are now a significant amount of the carbon. There's as much plastic-carbon as there is natural carbon in some ecosystems."There’s so much plastic on the planet, he says, that “we’ve added a new material plastic carbon cycle alongside the natural cycle.”
It’s befitting to talk about this sombre subject because this month is Plastic Free July—an annual global event to raise awareness of plastic pollution. You can join in on the action and contribute too! How?
Maybe start with these three things:
- Use less single-use plastic. This might seem obvious but you may not even be aware of what you’re using. Turn to this plastic calculator to figure out what you can cut out. Remember: Change starts at home!
- Raise awareness. Consider using social media to spread the news about how you’re working to cut out plastic use. Studies show that your friends and family are more likely to follow suit if you’re setting the example. #plasticfreejuly #plasticfree #endplasticpollution
- Lobby your local government. Call on your representatives to ban things like plastic grocery store bags, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, straws, takeout containers and so on. The louder the call, the greater the outcome!
To celebrate you, me, and the legions of people who are taking action to fight to plastic pollution, etee is offering $10 off your order in the Plastic Free Club. Use it towards ANYTHING storewide from now until July 23rd ('21).
It's the perfect time to save and stock up on your favourite items, from Fluoride Chewpaste™ to Concentrated Dishwasher Detergent to All-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate, to Powdered Laundry Detergent, to Beeswax Wraps, to Shampoo Bars and more!
Thanks for fighting the good fight, friends!
Chantal and the whole crew at etee