Welcome! This is your plastics intervention. Fret not, because you are not alone. The first step towards breaking free is to face the facts and dive into the solutions that will lead us to change.
Our dependence on plastic is out of control. It’s seeping into our environment, affecting our health and will be felt by future generations long after you and I are gone. Almost every corner of the world, from deep ocean trenches to the highest peaks, has come into contact with plastic.
It’s been so entrenched in our everyday lives that we have failed to stop and think about why it’s even there, where it’ll end up and whose problem it’ll be.
Well, my friend, it’s time. To be completely honest the time to rethink our relationship with plastics was ages ago. But still, better to start now than to simply throw in the synthetic towel.
First things first, don’t feel guilty. It’s not your fault.
Sure, we as individuals definitely have a role in this plastic cluster muck. But did YOU invent single-use plastics that are not recyclable and come up with clever marketing campaigns to convince us that a single coconut requires a plastic film wrap and that it is OUR responsibility to make sure that useless non-recyclable plastic is appropriately disposed of? Well, did you? Didn’t think so.
Okay, rant over.
The point is the plastics industry is pumping out single-use plastics and wrapping everything in it like it’s going out of style. And actually, it really is going out of style. People around the world are done with seeing all this waste choking our oceans, littering our forests and infiltrating our food chain. Governments and businesses are starting to feel public pressure demanding immediate action to end the destructive flow of plastics from entering the environment. But just like any other addiction, going cold turkey isn’t easy -especially when the entire world is hooked.
“The plastics industry is pumping out single-use plastics and wrapping everything in it like it’s going out of style. And actually, it really is going out of style.”
Thanks for the mild anxiety. Now, where do we go from here?
The plastics crisis can be overwhelming. There is a tonne of misinformation out there and with a material so prevalent in our lives it’s difficult to know where to begin. We hear you!
That’s why The Plastic Diaries are here. It’s a space to get the information you need without all the technical jargon, and to find the tips to help you lead the change, at home and as part of the bigger picture. We didn’t ask for this mess, but we can help clean it up, and we can demand better from the people busily wrapping our world in plastic.
So, does your individual action make a difference? Absolutely! Especially when you’re part of a movement like this one. And the truth is, you’re already here thinking about what you can do which is the first step in the right direction.
Change is already happening. Don’t be shy, dive in and be part of the solution.