Did you know that 10 metric tonnes of plastic fragments make their way into the Pacific Ocean each and EVERYDAY? (EcoWatch)
That’s a whole lot of plastic, it’s no wonder why millions of sea birds and hundreds of thousands of marine animals are being killed by plastic each year.
But it’s not just the animals that are suffering, we are too.
On average, research has shown that humans consume 114 plastic fibres per meal. That’s between 13,713 and 68,415 fibres each year! (MotherNatureNetwork) Though scientists are still researching the exact effects that the consumption of plastic has on the human body, they have discovered that it is one of the leading causes of obesity and diabetes.
I’m not going to lie, it’s scary stuff.
Luckily or unluckily for us, these facts hit us hard and they hit us right as the holiday season approached at the end of last year.
I am so grateful that we realised it early on in the lead up to Christmas because we were able to do Christmas on a budget and minimally, getting people meaningful gifts that they would actually use, wanted or needed.
I remember on Christmas Eve day, Jackson and I zipped through the grocery store, buying the last of what we would need to cater a green salad for our annual family Christmas lunch. There were people everywhere, and for the first time I stoped and I noticed the absurdity of it all. I’d never realised just how crazy people can get, we become the definition of consumerists, hoarding, scavenging for the best possible deal, spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary items of food and presents that essentially, we don’t ‘need’.
Here’s a fun fact for you, Australians receive $20million worth of unwanted gifts over Christmas each year! (NationalStorage) Isn’t that absolutely mental? Most of these presents end up in landfill, and if they’re made from some sort of plastic, that means 500 to 1000 years before they’ll even begin to degrade.
I know to some people worrying about the environment is at the end of their never ending to-do list, so I think it’s important to share the message. Maybe then they’ll reconsider having it so far down their list.
The way I see it, making small changes and taking little steps towards a waste free lifestyle will not only help you play your part in saving the environment, it will also help you to stick to your budget, live your life more intentionally and show gratitude to all the goodness that we already have.