plastic waste
building, environment

Romancing with Plastics

I imagine it started off so well.

lakes
Saturday evening by the lake

There you were, sitting by the side of the lake, on a saturday night, admiring the moon reflecting on the water, the tide gently lapping a romantic lullaby in your ears.

The night was young and you got carried away in the moment, perhaps with your loved one by your side?

But did you remember to take your rubbish with you, when you left?

plastic contamination

This sight greeted me on my walk this morning at 6am.

plastics

An almost empty can of whisky, a plastic bottle half filled with juice, and some leftover food in a single-use plastic bag.

Dear Litterbug:

If I knew where you lived,

I would gladly return your left belongings to your door.

Did you not realize perhaps that this lake opens out to the sea? A sea where marine animals and fish live? Someone’s else’s home?

When you finished eating your take out meal, (or take away, if you are an Australian), did you not walk directly past the bin? It takes but a second, to look and check for a nearby rubbish bin/trash can and dispose of your waste in a bin that waits there just for that sole purpose. A bin, which has been put there for your convenience. A bin which you might even pay for, with your taxes, or as part of your council rates.

Did you not see the location of the bin was a mere 10 – 20 steps behind you, depending on your height, of course?

Your thoughtless act of carelessness contributes to contamination of our waterways with plastic wastes.

Thanks to you, it will take 20 years for that one plastic bag to break down in the environment and even after that, will still pose a threat to fish and other aquatic life, entering their bodies in the form of micro-plastics.

Fish or aquatic animals, that you, yourself, might eat one day. This means you will also ingest micro plastics in to your gut. Just like this whale. Plastic didn’t do him any good.

If you are a turtle, whale, dugong, or larger marine animal, you might ingest the whole plastic bag, and who could blame you, as bags do look like jelly fish. For these creatures, the consequences are fatal.

All because you forgot or couldn’t care, to dispose of your leftover waste in a responsible manner.

Plastic Waste:

According to an estimate, every year Americans use approximately 1.6 million barrels of oil just for producing plastic bottled water. Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills.

Plastic bags take 10-20 years to decompose, while plastic bottles take 450 years.

Aluminum Cans:

Every minute, every day, more than 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled only in America. But, at the same time, every three-months, enough aluminum cans are thrown away in America that can rebuild the entire American commercial air fleet.

Aluminum cans take 80-200 years in landfills to get completely decomposed.

environment.about.com

Be a responsible citizen, your planet needs you to be one.

My 2020 plastic audit for the lake near my home continues.

Do you want to conduct your own plastic audit?

Join me in documenting the amount of waste you find in your local environment.

Make people take notice.

Take a Helping Hand Grabber Tool, (so that you don’t have to touch the rubbish), and dispose of it responsibly, for the folks who haven’t yet developed that level of thoughtfulness.

More Ideas to Reduce Plastic Use

12 thoughts on “Romancing with Plastics”

  1. Hear hear, Amanda! Thank you for expressing something that should be said more often.
    I really don’t understand why we each can’t just pick up after ourselves. I try to pick up stray rubbish when I encounter it, but given the current environment with the Covid-19, I have to resist. 😦

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    1. I have added some gloves in my handbag for that purpose, Ju-Lyn. The grabber claw, or helping hand, is almost getting to the point of being essential equipment if we are to be good citizens in removing other people’s detritus. And that might mean that we end up with more litter around our streets?
      What is the current status with the Covid 19 now, in Singapore? Are schools closed?

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      1. I like the idea of the gloves – I will add that into my daypack (along with my chopsticks, collapsable food containers, etc,etc). Then I don’t have to stand over things I want to pick up but dare not.

        We are still in Dorscon Orange (which is a high alert) here. Schools are still open but with fairly stringent precautions in place. Many of Older Daughter’s university classes are eLearning, and she goes in only for smaller seminars.

        My family in the UK and US are all gearing up now, and so we all continue to watch and pray.

        What is it like for you, Amanda? Has it become very quiet? Have the shelves in the supermarkets been restocked?

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      2. The shelves have been restocked, but toilet paper is still flying off the shelves as soon as the truck delivers it. Other supplies like hand sanitizer are disappearing too along with toilet paper substitutes like tissues, paper towels, hand wipes etc. Flour is diminishing, but most other food stuffs are available. Our food security is a concern though – where once we grew everything, now a lot of food is imported, so shortages may arise down the track a bit in time. Noone wears masks here, everything is open, but events have been cancelled – some not all. We have only a handful of cases. Precautions are ramping up. I just heard that Denmark have now closed all schools!

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