Whale You Were Shopping

Whale I’ve got you there. You need to read this.

All jokes aside, this is actually quite serious. On October 15th, less than two weeks ago, a whale washed up on the shore of Tongshi in Taiwan. Marine biologists conducted an autopsy and found enough plastic and fish netting in the whale’s stomach to fill an excavator bucket. (For all who don’t know, that’s the scoop bucket at the front of a bulldozer).
This man-made trash is consumed by whales, sea birds and many other marine animals and causes them to feel full, but as it isn’t digested, causes them to die of malnutrition.

The biologists said the main form of plastic that they found was plastic bags.

Simply put, this is unacceptable, and we are responsible.

Think about your choices.

Plastic bags are not necessary. Make the change.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. #plasticisdrastic

Full article at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-27/rubbish-haul-found-in-stomach-of-dead-whale/6886968

PLASTIC IS DRASTIC, BUT PAPER BAGS JUST AS TEARABLE?

The single-use plastic bag is at the frontline of environmental discussion at the moment. After the implementation of a 5p bag charge in England last week, it has become even more of a hot topic. Many are outraged at the change, but thankfully many are also embracing it.

The suggestion of retailers offering paper bags instead of plastic has been a popular alternative in conversations, so we decided to look into whether a change to paper bags was in fact better or worse.

THE FACTS ON PAPER BAG PRODUCTION

– Paper comes from trees. You forgot that didn’t you? So the more we use paper, the more forests get cut down. In trying to save our oceans from plastic bags, we use paper, but aren’t we now just destroying a land ecosystem instead?

– Paper production emits 70% more air pollution, produces 80% more solid waste, uses 3 times as much water and also results in 50 times the amount of water pollutants than plastic bag production. Not ideal.

– Paper bag production consumes fuel, specifically 4 times as much as plastic bag production. With fuel resources diminishing quickly, a switch to paper doesn’t seem like a very practical option.

– It takes 91% more energy to recycle a pound of paper than it does a pound of plastic, often requiring more fuel to recycle a bag than it would take to make a new one.

– A study at landfill sites showed that paper doesn’t recycle much faster than plastic.

All in all, paper bag production doesn’t score much higher than that of plastic bag production. Aside from the fact that paper bags cost considerably more to manufacture than plastic bags, it seems that switching from plastic to paper is also just redirecting the environmental issues to other areas.

In terms of ecological sustainability, it seems like a better option would be to take reusable bags with you when shopping and avoid disposable bags altogether. It seems pretty simple.

What do you think?

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag

#stopthemoanandbringyourown
#plasticisdrastic

Information sourced from:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/paper-plastic1.htm

PLASIFIC OCEAN

1 trillion plastic bags used in the world every year.

3 billion plastic bags used in China every day.

2 million plastic bags used in the world every minute.

We are emptying our oceans.

Please think before taking a bag.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?

Buy and charge, its not about you.

It is no surprise to anyone on social media that a 5p charge on plastic bags was implemented this week in the UK. (Mind you it has been in Scotland for over a year and Wales since 2011)
The uproar, although pathetic and ignorant, has been entertaining if anything. If you are in Australia, 5p would be equivalent to 10.6 cents. Racking my brain, I literally cannot think of a single item that is cheaper. All retail stores must now charge the 5p per plastic carrier bag. This is now a law –  implemented by the government – to help our planet. Retailers have no choice, so no, they are not doing it to make money, but to enforce awareness of the shopper’s choice. Your choice.

It is a choice to use plastic bags. I’ve seen people bringing their own bags to supermarekts for years. We all own bags. Bags of all varieties. And with the extreme packaging our groceries now come in, it would be very rare for your groceries to leak or damage your bag on your trip home. Each item seems to be in its own plastic packaging anyway. The stores are asking you to make a choice. To help preserve the environment that we live in.

Many large grocery stores like Tesco are donating all money to environmental charities – just to put an extra cherry on top of you doing this drastically minuscule, selfless act. But shoppers are still protesting. Stores like Morrisons and Ocado are offering the 5p back to all shoppers that return their bags. But shoppers are still protesting.

It’s really not that hard. The aggression toward this movement shows just how careless, ignorant and self-centred our lives have become. The entitlement we feel, the mistreatment, the sheer hide of the government for subjecting its citizens to such an inhumane sentence.

Because what is important is our given right to a plastic bag when we shop. Yes, that is what is important. Sure, this plastic bag may take the life of another living thing, but we need it.

By and large, It’s not about you.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?
#stopthemoanandbringyourown

Spoiled Milk

I saw a lady at the supermarket today.

I don’t know her. I have never seen her before.

I don’t know if she’s married or has a partner. I don’t know if she has children. I don’t know if she cares about the environment. I don’t know if she smokes or does drugs. I don’t know if she catches a packed bus every morning to work and acts older than she is just to get a seat. I don’t know if she counts down the days until her next island holiday, just for something to look forward to. I don’t know if she adds an extra twenty minutes onto her walk home every day by taking the long way, just so she gets to see the harbour. 

All I know is that this lady went to the supermarket today. She used the self-checkout to buy a two litre container of milk. You know the one I mean. The one that has a handle built in to the packaging. This lady had nothing else in her hands, so wasn’t struggling to carry the milk; she swiftly placed it in a plastic bag, paid and left.

This action left me thinking… How long did that woman have that bag for? I assume she placed the milk in the fridge within the next 15 minutes, as I wouldn’t want to know what happens to milk sitting in the Australian sun for any longer. So where did the bag go? Maybe she uses plastic bags for her garbage bin. Maybe she makes plastic bag art and enters it into the Biennale each year. Or maybe it went from the supermarket to the bin in less than half an hour, before it starts its 300 year degradation process.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand the need to bag numerous items to successfully get them home. I don’t expect shoppers to walk around balancing 18 items like they’re spinning plates. I would just like shoppers to think.

Was it worth it? To get your milk to your car? To ease your hand for 10 minutes? Is it worth it if these bags end up killing an animal, or your child doesn’t get to see a species because they all died out? Was your 10 minutes worth the 300 years it’ll take to completely break down?

You are making a choice.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag