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How to Avoid Plastic Pollution?- The Threat

Plastic is a big problem for our planet! It was a discovery of the century, a beneficial material. But we have arrived at a point where we ask ourselves, “How to avoid plastic pollution?” Plastic particles are everywhere, in animals, oceans, soils, drinking water in the air we breathe, food, and in us. Everything is polluted, and the worse point is that plastic is hardly be avoided anymore. People know about the results of plastic pollution, but there are still not enough people who try sustainable ways of storage. Luckily, many people are against plastic and already use alternatives. And I hope more will join the movement!

Plastic is Everywhere

How to avoid the plastic pollution?
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There are different plastic compositions where one is more toxic than the others. The hard plastic is not as problematic as the soft ones we use in drinking bottles, which leak many toxic plastic particles into our bodies. Our bodies are not made to detox the particles because they can’t recognize these chemicals. Plastic is everywhere, in our house, for food storage in the supermarket, cosmetic use, transportation, and even our clothing. There is hardly any item that is not made from plastic. Our children play with toxic toys, taking them into their mouths. The enormous amount of plastic waste is thrown into the dumping places where they leak into the ground. Burning the waste creates toxic substances in our breathing air and the soil and water.

The word plastic comes from the Greek word “Plastikos,” meaning capable of being shaped or molded.”

” Plastics are a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that use polymers as the main ingredient. Their plasticity makes it possible for plastics to be molded, extruded, or pressed into solid objects of various shapes. This adaptability, plus a wide range of other properties, such as being lightweight, durable, flexible, and inexpensive to produce, has led to its widespread use.”( Wikipedia)

These polymers are very toxic to all life and the environment. Unborn children already have a high amount of these toxins in their little bodies. The plastics contain xeno- estrogens that act powerfully, docking to estrogen receptors in the body, causing hormone balances that have an extreme impact, making men and women suffer multiple symptoms, like fertility problems.

Plastics in Our Bodies

There is no life on Earth without plastic particles in their cells. Our bodies are not recognizing these chemicals and are not designed to detox the plastics. Even unborn children already have a lot of plastic in their small bodies. The thread plastics form is not completely known. Researchers know that they disrupt our hormone cycles, especially women suffering extreme under the synthetical xeno-estrogens that dock to their estrogen receptors and cause much damage to the delicate cycle.

Without plastics, our modern world can’t exist. We don’t even think about plastics anymore. Wherever you go, you find everything packed and stored in plastics, like food in the supermarket; even an organic cucumber is wrapped in plastics. Using plastic materials in hospitals is so normal that we don’t even think about the enormous waste we produce for our environment. Toxic chemicals like phthalates are leaching into the environment and our bodies, causing much harm, disrupting the hormonal systems, endocrine system, which has much impact on the development of babies and young children. The plastic industry responds aggressively to the research and reports of the researchers, denying the fact that there is any evidence of the effects plastics have on the endocrine system.

plastic waste
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There is an argument and I love to cite it because it is also critical for the Covid shots!

“Some public-health advocates argue that it’s best to prove any potentially toxic substance safe rather than to assume it’s safe until proven otherwise.”

What do you think?

We need to stop the plastic flood and protect ourselves and the environment. I leave the most plastic in the supermarket, but it is better not to buy any products in the supermarket. Thank God for the Internet! I have found different sites that describe making my own cheese, yogurt, butter, and even beer and wine. I tell you it is much cheaper and the important thing, it is healthier. Try it out and tell us what you think! I love it, it is easy, and I know what I am consuming. 🙂

However, we wear plastics, store our food in plastic, sleep in plastic, and breathe plastics. Our houses and furniture are made of plastics. Horrible thought!

Children play with plastics, putting them in their mouths. They are fed with plastic bottles very often because their parents are not educated about the danger of using plastics.

I could list more; it is not ending! We are the people who need to educate ourselves and stop using plastics.

Plastics Cover the Oceans

I watched a video about plastics in the stomach of fish and even mammals like dolphins and whales. It is so sad because the animals can’t handle the number of plastics covering the oceans. They die a horrible death.

In Asia and Africa, and South America, the shores are covered with plastics, bottles, and other things. Our ecosystems are suffering very much, and we allow Big Industry and Pharmacy to keep doing this for their huge profit.

Why do we not stand up and change the world for the better? 

Because most of us are stupid, shallow humans, only being interested in ourselves. Sorry, but that is the truth!

It doesn’t matter if they are professors or industrial workers, if not interested in our health and the health of the environment, they will never make the right decisions.

Luckily, more movements and people fight for a better world for their children and grandchildren and the planet. I am proud of these people, but there must be more of us standing up, making a fist, and not allowing some people to destroy our environment for their profit. But this is reality!

We nearly can’t escape the flood of plastics! If I am in the supermarket, I hardly can’t escape the products wrapped in plastics; even I try my best. That is why I love to go to the farmer’s market, buying my vegetables and other products, like organic bread and cheese, without being wrapped in plastics. I use glass or just my basket. I  ferment my own kefir and yogurt for my husband or buy cheese from raw organic milk.

woman with basket buys vegetables on the farmer's market
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If you want to make this world livable for your children, please start to avoid plastic. I know the oceans are full because people and industry still dump the waste into our oceans. The tourist branches are certainly not very organically interested, but luckily, there are more trends in traveling sustainable and I welcome these trends! Especially young people wake up to the disasters in our world, and try to live a better and sustainable life! Thank God for the young people! 

How to Avoid the Plastic Pollution?

There are so many possibilities. I already have listed several ways to avoid plastics in your life. It isn’t easy because the industry doesn’t make it simple for us. Supermarkets are not working for a better world, so you might better go to the organic markets or visit the little stores to buy your products. It is vital to support these people!

Also, making your butter, cheese and growing your own vegetables and fruits is a better and healthier option. It tastes so yummy! I believe you will love your own products, and you can sell them!

You don’t need so much preparation; it is straightforward to make your own products. Even making your own beer and wine is not difficult. Thank God for the internet! Many people have great advice on making your own products. I read lots of articles and try their recipes.:)

If we buy only natural materials, like silk, cotton, linen, and wool, we are already living more advanced and healthy. Silk is not a great idea because they throw the caterpillars in hot water to get the silk. This is a horrible picture.

But organic cotton, linen, and wool are fantastic materials, also for your bed and sofa. Try to live as natural as possible, and don’t buy many low-quality items, better think in advance, for years, and buy high-quality products that last for decades. By doing so, you will not contribute to plastic waste but rather help the environment and planet to recover. It is possible!

If we start living a sustainable life, we will think that way and support living a healthy life.

I have another tip! Leave the plastics in the supermarket! If many people do this, the supermarkets will be forced to purchase products that are not wrapped in plastics. We are the consumers, and we have the power to change the industry, the government, and pharmacy! Believe me, you have the power!

Final Thought

Plastics are a real problem and threat to humans and the environment. We need to stop consuming products made from plastic or wrapped and stored in plastics. Our bodies and the environment are full of plastic particles that have a devastating effect on our endocrine systems, leaving us ill and weak. We must stop using plastic, forcing the industry to come up with a healthier and sustainable method. Our children and grandchildren shall live in a healthy and intact environment! Stop the industry! You are powerful; choosing the right products will change the world! Making your food yourself will provide a healthy environment and body. Let us help the organic farmers to live a better life and produce healthy food for us.

Please, let me know what you think and what your experiences are! I love to hear from you!

All the Best,

Sylvie

6 Comments

  • Matt Lin

    Hi Sylvie,

    It’s hard to believe that newborn babies now carry plastics in their bodies, and it seems that we are the cause of this problem. I read the relevant articles about this issue in the past, and since then, I bring reusable shopping bags with me every time I shop at supermarkets. Or, reusing plastic bags for a long time is also a good option.

    For this issue, our government legalizes that the supermarket cannot provide free plastic bags, straws, or spoons & forks. It helps reduce plastic usage nationwide. And people can use the plastic bags offered by supermarkets as trash bags in the two biggest cities of Taiwan, so we are actually doing something here.

    Cheers,
    Matt

    • Sylvie

      Hi, matt! Thank you for your comment! I am so glad to read that you are already doing a lot in Taiwan to decrease plastic usage. It would be great that more countries are trying to decrease plastic storage and packaging. Certainly, would this help our planet and our environments, especially the oceans where they dump the enormous waste. Also, burning plastic is no option due to the toxic air we create. I hope there will be happening more in the future! 🙂

  • SAM

    Like you, I try my very best to avoid the supermarkets. I think it’s always nice to chance upon articles like yours that truly advocate readers to wake up to reality and play their part to reduce plastic usage.

    I must admit that it was hard for me in the beginning. Afterall, it’s changing of habits.

    Such efforts, when consistent, will have its ripple effect. I started washing my recyclables at home and would bring my foldable carrier bag whenver I head out. My siblings and friends started implementing the habits too, silently. That made me really happy.

    It’s a collective effort and may things get progressively better!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

    Cheers,
    SAM

    • Sylvie

      Thank you very much, Sam! I think it is so beautiful that your family and friends are following your habit! I salute you! You do it very well! 🙂

  • Hannie

    Hey Silvie, you know me a little bit by now. 🙂 So you know I wholeheartedly agree with this article. A few additions, if I may:

    Glass is heavy, so we only take it for ‘leaking’ stuff, like fish or shellfish. For vegetables and fruits, etc., we take cotton nets (DIY by using very thin yarn and crocheted with an nr10 crochet hook) or reuse paper bags. At home, we poor things like nuts and seeds from the paper bags into glass jars.

    Plastic is a huge problem. Yet, the attitude that came with the development of plastic is a much bigger problem. If we were able to see plastic as a valuable raw material instead of a throw-away material we would be in a better shape. After all, some things, like medical equipment, rely on plastic. And for those who are sick, they are all too glad about that.

    Great article, Sylvie, thanks!

    • Sylvie

      Yes, You are so right, Hannie! Plastics are not that bad if we would not throw them away after use. It is the attitude.
      I use a lot of glass, even for our hiking, or sustainable plastic bags made from sugar beets. My nuts and seeds are all in glass containers, and I also store grains for sprouting.
      I think hospitals are also a great problem. The waste they produce every day is madness. Of course, we can’t go back in time and boil metal needles or glass syringes anymore, but we need to think about working more sustainably and productive. I have had many experiences working in hospitals, and it has become worse instead of better. We need to rethink our consumption behavior and find ways to stop throwing away and packaging everything in plastic. I believe most people need to get forced to stop this attitude and change how they handle daily life. Much education is needed and starts with the children.
      Thank you so much for your comment, Hannie! 🙂

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