Plastic in a Nutshell Part 2: How It's Used Today & Its Environmental Effects

Plastic in a Nutshell Part 2: How It's Used Today & Its Environmental Effects

As we move forward into part two of Plastic in a Nutshell I thought we should take a look at how plastic is used in modern society and the effects it has on the environment in 2019.

As the Founder and Creative Director of Gold Scout I believe that “getting our nature fix can bring greater joy and wellbeing to our lives and maybe even inspire us to become more active in environmental issues.“ A peaceful and harmonious environment is the goal here and to achieve this we really need to learn how to work with plastic not against it.

By the end of this blog series I hope you are inspired to make plastic your friend not your foe so we can skip into the future of a new and improved unified eco-friendly planet. Besides, the world needs healthy relationships now more than ever, right?

How is Plastic Used Today?

In 2019 public awareness about plastic pollution is well and truly alive. All across the world people are advocating for cleaner waterways, reduced plastic usage and ways to recycle plastic that is more aligned with sustainable living. In short, the world is waking up to the plastic crises and developing solutions along the way. All the yes!

The Future of Fashion is Plastic

Big brands like Adidas and H&M have all recently started incorporating recycled plastic into their collections. Across the globe water bottles are collected, chipped, melted and spun into yarn so that they can have a second chance as your favourite gym wear or blue jeans.

Fun Fact: In October 2018, thanks to a United Nations initiative, 250 global corporations vowed to cut their use of single-use plastics and replace them with natural or recycled materials. Woohoo!

I am proud to say that Gold Scout and The LUX Picnic Rug made its own pledge with Mother Nature by sourcing quality materials that literally do not cost the earth.

The great thing about sustainable fashion is the elimination of micoplastics that wash off clothing like nylon, polyester and lycra and straight down the drain. By reducing synthetics in our wardrobes we are drastically reducing plastic particles in our oceans! High five for 2019 and sustainability!

Action on Plastics

Numerous countries and cities around the globe are taking action against the plastic problem:

  • Canada aims to ban single-use plastics by 2021.
  • Peru has restricted single-use plastics.
  • San Diego has banned Styrofoam food and drink containers.
  • Plastic straw bans are now in place in some of the world’s major cities like California and D.C.
  • “Single-Use” was named the 2018 word of the year.
  • Aquariums have declared that November is now “No Straw November.”
  • EU Parliament has approved single-use plastic ban.
  • Consumer companies like Coca-Cola are now committed to investing 90million in waste collection.
  • Food services across the globe are phasing out single-use plastic.
  • The Whitehouse signed a bill in October 2018 to clean up ocean plastics.
  • In September 2018 a giant trash collector headed to the Pacific Garbage Patch.

That’s just a few of the initiatives happening around the globe and thankfully this is growing every day.

How Has Plastic Affected The Environment

According to Environmental Technology online these are the 5 main environmental threats in 2019:

  1. Biodiversity: Biodiversity is essentially every living thing on the planet, and because of plastic pollution, biodiversity is in danger. Species are going or have gone extinct, and some scientists say that we are in the beginning of a 6th mass extinction. Lets make sustainability the future so this does NOT happen- are you in?
  2. Water: The pollution in our water is killing humans and marine life. When plastic waste enters our waterways we are destroying the most valuable resource Mother Nature has to offer. Lets not do that!
  3. Deforestation: We basically need trees to survive because they provide oxygen, food, water and medicine for all of us. This is where not only buying more recycled plastics will help the planet but recycled paper and cardboard too!
  4. Pollution: This is a primary cause of a number of environmental threats. All toxic waste is interlinked and to tackle one (like plastic) is to tackle all in order to reduce the planets pollution levels.
  5. Climate Change: Ah…that old chestnut. Bottom line is that without taking action earth is going to suffer DRASTICALLY. The Ocean is getting warmer, sea levels are rising, animals are dying and there are more and more freak weather incidents across the globe every year. The severity of global warming can be reduced the sooner we develop a healthy relationship with plastic.

Saying no to sustainability will only speed up the planets ageing process…so why not say yes to a sustainable living before it’s too late?

So that completes part two of Plastic in a Nutshell. A little confronting perhaps but understanding is key to moving forward in this beautiful world, don’t you think? Coming up in part three of this blog series you’ll discover how to change your mindset about plastic by making it your friend, not your foe. That’s right, now that we know the hard-core facts about plastic we can lighten it up a bit and begin living in a perfectly imperfect harmony.

Gold Scout Team X


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