Plastic has been a convenient product in our everyday life since the 1960s. We uses plastic as carrier for our items, drinks and even food among the other uses. Why are we so obsessed with plastic? It has become a norm and convenience that we expect plastic every time we make any purchases that requires a mode of carrier, be it a bag or a cup. Let’s take a step back and think: Do you really need so much plastic in your life?
Plastics are made of material such as oil, coal, natural gas, and even plants. It gained popularity in the 1800s to replace scarce material for human usage, and was made to be durable and last forever. With the population increase, it is only natural that the usage of plastic increase as well. What would happen if a bulk of durable product that was made to last forever, increases in quantity in many folds?
Humans usually use plastics, such as plastic cups, bottles and bags, once and then discarded them. With an increase of such “use-and-discard” actions, it is no wonder that plastic has found their way to most areas of the world that causes an adverse effect on these areas.
Plastic wastes can be commonly found on land. Plastic, and especially chlorinated plastic, can release harmful chemicals into the soil and into the underground water sources. Living organisms relying on these underground water sources would in turn be adversely affected by these harmful chemicals.
Oceans and marine lives are not spared either. People discarding tons of plastics into the ocean has dramatically affected the many marine lives in it. Marine animals often mistaken plastic as their source of food and would ingest these synthetic materials into their body and eventually die. The food chain would also be affected: The small organism such as the plankton would ingest the plastic, then fishes feeding on plankton would then be affected by the toxins, and this goes on in the food chain. Let’s not forget that marine animals are also often trapped in plastic bags and plastic rings and suffer as a result.
Where would all these lead to? Yes, back at the humans. Remember we are also part of the food chain, and us consuming the contaminated seafood could result in cancer, immune disorder and birth defects. That’s not it. Using plastic products to store food and drink may also increase our exposure to harmful chemicals like Bisphenol A (“BPA”), and this could affect our metabolism and physical development, disrupt sex hormones, etc. As if this is not scary enough, we could also face scarcity of food in the future when our ecosystem food chain has been disrupted by plastic.
Let’s help Earth be a better place to live in by reducing, or even stop, our usage of plastic. Here are some ways to help the environment:
- Use reusable shopping bags for your purchases.
- Stop using plastic straws; substitute with reusable straws.
- Skip disposable razors.
- Say no to disposable cutlery.
- Use your own reusable lunch box for take-away meals.
- Use a thermos flask/bottle for your beverages instead of plastic or paper cup.
- Use glass bottles to store your water.
Let’s do our part to save our only home in this vast universe. Remember: “Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry
Over at Sam Shoppers, our vision is to create a better world for our future generation. Check out our reusable thermos hydro flask for your daily usage for hot or cold beverages, and do your part in reducing plastic and paper cups, and plastic bottles.
Currently available in Singapore. We will be launching Sam Shoppers Thermos Hydro flask in the US soon, stay tuned!