An Earth's reminder

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Hey friends!

I was planning on doing a post on a university related topic. However, this week's publishing day coincided with Earth's Day (22-04-2018). Therefore, and in honor of our planet, I have decided to both inform you a little bit about this year's campaign 'End plastic pollution' as well as share some tips on simple ways you can contribute to helping our planet without trying too hard.


The campaign:

This year's campaign is meant to both raise awareness of the risks involved with plastic use as well as promote alternatives.
Marine life, for instance, is tremendously impacted with '4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste enter[ing] the ocean in a single year'1. Two-thirds of sharks, over a quarter of baleen whales and half of rays are listed as endangered species2, corals increase their chance of getting diseases from 4% to 89%1 and turtles get entangled and eventually die3, all due to ingestion and contact with contamination, result of our irresponsibility. Moreover, plastic waste also impacts the food chain and our overall health due to its toxic effects, which might lead to cancer and other illnesses. 
Earth Day is therefore a reminder that we as individuals make a difference and the website provides guides and all the information necessary for us to learn, act and engage in order to have a conscious journey.


Tips:

  • Always keep a tote bag in your backpack/bag/purse. If you forgot to take one with you, don't just buy the cheapest plastic bags you can find. Reusable ones not only won't fall apart the second time you use them but also mean less plastic being used
  • Control the food you eat and minimize eating out, especially take-aways: you'd be surprise with how much restaurants waste
  • Limit your emission of green gases by limiting your meat consumption 
  • Don't be lazy: if it is close, walk
  • Buy a reusable coffee mug and water bottle
  • Predominantly go digital: for instance, save plane tickets on your phone instead of printing them 
  • If possible, shop in zero waste markets 
  • Buy in bulk: the larger the packaging, the better value and less waste, especially when you frequently buy the same product 
  • Buy products with packagings that contain the least plastic such as cans or glass containers
  • Fruits and vegetables do not need to be put into transparent plastic bags 
  • Don't use paper towels to dry hands or clean: use cloth ones

Remember that there are alternatives for every plastic utensil and that every individual change does matter! If you're interested in signing up to the campaign or simply want to know more about it, click here


I know this post was very different from what I usually do but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless and at least learned something!
See you next week,
Irene xx


Data was collected from:
1 Lamb, J. B. et al. (2018), Plastic waste associated with disease on coral reeds, Science, 359(6374), 460-462
2 Germanov, E. S., Marshall, A. D., Bejder, L., Fossi, M. C., & Loneragan, N. R. (2018). Microplastics: No small problem for filter-feeding megafauna, Trends in ecology & evolution, 33(4), 227-232
3 Vélez-Rubio, G. M., Teryda, N., Asaroff, P. E., Estrades, A., Rodriguez, D., & Tomás, J. (2018). Differential impact on marine debris ingestion during ontogenetic dietary shift of green turtles in Uruguayan waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 127, 603-611


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