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Beat Plastic Pollution

Posted on
31 May 2018

Here's why we need to use less plastic


Did you know that globally, we dump around eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year? That's the same as a garbage truck dumping a full load into the ocean every minute. And this is impacting our home. In Kenya the main concern regarding Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and the environment is the pollution associated with plastic packaging. According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, approximately 50 million plastic bottles are used annually.—
 
Some of the problems include sea turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, seabirds found with their stomachs full of plastic items, plastic debris affecting the health of reefs, and so much more.

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Straws - How long did you take to finish your last drink? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Plastic straws are usually used for around 5 minutes before they are discarded, but these items remain in the environment for almost 400 years

Plastic Cutlery - Do you really need plastic cutlery ? plastic cutlery are used for all of 15 to 30 minutes and similar to other single-use plastic items, they can take up to 400 years to decompose.

Corals - Did you know that plastic pollution can get wedged in corals? This affects the health of reefs, which spells trouble for the many marine species that make their homes among the coral. When coral reefs suffer, so does the health of the ocean, which we heavily depend on to sustain us

Microplastics refer to tiny particles of plastic that are broken down from plastic waste. These are consumed by animals like plankton, which are then eaten by fish, and in turn eaten by us. We need to take action to #BeatPlasticPollution to protect both our health and our planet!

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It's time for action

There's no denying the impact plastic pollution is having on our environment, wildlife and humanity. Here are some suggestions you can take in your daily life to reduce your use of unnecessary single-use plastics: -
Switch to resuable shopping/grocery bags -
Bring your own reusable mugs to takeaway beverages, or reusable containers if you're taking out food 
Ditch plastic straws for reusable alternatives 
Catty your cloth bagswhen you go to the supermarket. 
The more, the merrier. Encourage your friends and family to do the same! 
Try coming up with your own examples - share it on social media with #BeatPlasticPollution and #UseLessPlastic!

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