Plastic Oceans & Nature’s Technology.

2nd August 2018 | Published by Hollie Barrett

Featured image: ‘Plastic Ocean’ BY THIRZA SCHAAP

Plastic. It's everywhere. 

We are a society that has come to rely on this potentially Earth destroying material. Recently, there has been a focus on plastic in our oceans. Everyone has seen the images, turtles with a straw rammed up each nostril. Sea shores overcrowded with rubbish, so you can no longer see the water's surface.  This is the physical evidence of our destructive lifestyles, the devastating effects. 

Nature's technology.

Scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Boston may have found a more sustainable, eco-friendly material called ‘chitin’. Usually found in crab shells and trees, it can be used to produce a biodegradable, flexible film. Image: ‘Why Not Hand Over a "Shelter" to Hermit Crabs?’ BY AKI INOMATA.

But I question; is this really the answer? Replacing one material with another? Shouldn't we be focusing on cutting down on (in my opinion) unnecessary packaging? It will be a long journey to change our lifestyles, but if a conscious effort is made by everyone to make small changes everyday, it will eventually become second nature. Imagine walking into a supermarket with no plastic...the future is bright.

Small steps.

Making these small changes to everyday life is pretty simple, reducing plastic is easier than you may think.
  • Use your own water bottle and reusable coffee cups (save money AND the planet)!.
  • Reusable bags - the options are endless.
  • Opt for paper and glass packaging - the lesser of two evils.
  • Use wooden matches, instead of plastic lighters.
  • STRAWS! Companies have listened, they are now making a conscious effort to switch to paper straws. Don’t like the paper straws? Bring your own metal one, these are what I personally use at home.
  • Use razors and toothbrushes that replace just the head, rather throwing away the entire thing. Or opt for a bamboo toothbrush, eco-friendly and vegan. 
  • For my girls…consider using a menstrual cup or reusable pads. It’s not as bad as you think!!
  Waste reduction wish list
  6. (Boots)