It is true that we are using plastics very commonly as it is relatively cheap, water proof, and durable. It makes our lives absolutely convenient. But most of the people don’t think about the effects on the environment. It takes about 400 years to degrade plastic. It not only pollute environment but also affect the health conditions such as cancer because of its toxic compounds.
In the journey of reducing plastic, we have to follow 3 steps which are ‘ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’. The most effective way of reducing plastic is stop manufacturing plastic. To do that, we have to reduce and refuse!. Then we could move on to eco friendly plastic substitutes.
The second one is Reuse. We can use acquired plastics for many different usages such as plastic bottles for hanging planters and DIY pencil cases, polythene bags for small trash bags etc. Reusing of plastic can reduce the demand for new plastics to be created.
The last step is Recycle. After reusing plastics we can move them to recycling instead of trash. plastic recycling takes low energy than producing new plastics.
From those 3 methods, reducing plastic is in the first place. Then, we should go in to Reusing and Recycling. If you determine to follow these little steps, you will feel, it only need little planning and commitment. Always try to replace plastic with more sustainable whenever possible. Be conscious on your actions. Your one simple action can help reduce plastic pollution and keep environment healthy.
Buddhini Jayasundara is an Undergraduate at Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, Bachelor of Animal Science. She is enthusiastic about gaining and growing new information and skills on her education fields which are animal science, agriculture and HR management. She likes to work together with others and she wants to give her best to the society. Now she is working as a volunteer in zero plastic initiative, to save the environment by reducing plastic usage and replacing them with local environment friendly products within households around the country. She is dedicating to keep people awareness on protecting environment by writing articles. Check out Buddhini’s profile on LinkedIn and fb.