For years we have been choking the oceans by polluting it with our plastics. Studies have shown that worldwide, approximately 10% of plastics are recycled where the majority cannot be recycled. In order to mitigate the damage, we need to reduce the use of plastic.
During Earth Day 2018, light has been shed on countries who have been the biggest source for mismanaged plastic waste. Unfortunately, the Philippines ranks third place contributing more than 500 tons of plastic into the ocean annually, which over time has damaged coral reefs, marine life, and the lives of millions of Filipinos who rely on the seas for food and livelihood.
There are numerous organizations such as The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines, which alongside the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Communities Organised for Resource Allocation (CORA), and many local organizations that have established a coalition to reduce ocean plastic. This is a serious problem and it is not only their duty to take a stand against plastics, but it should also be in our initiative to make a difference. Remember, this earth is our home, let’s make sure to keep it clean.
Here are a few changes you can make in your daily life.
- Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store (Bonus: go to the palenke to reduce plastic packaged goods)
- Avoid buying bottled water, carry a reusable bottle for drinking water
- Buy glass and/or stainless-steel containers for food storage
- Always carry around metal cutlery
- Hand your own tumbler when purchasing coffee
These are only a few of the many adjustments you can adopt to reduce plastic.
The earth is turning plastic, but there is time to fight back.
Make a difference and take action today.