Hey all! 100th post today :) how best to celebrate it than by celebrating world ocean day! ?
Just a few days after world environment day we focus on this vast environment covering 70% of our planet surface and constituting 99% of the living space on Earth.. yet is also one of the most emperilled habitats!
This year focus is plastic pollution. Do you see a recurring theme??
Yes, because plastic this year has finally attracted some media attention, such a big problem we let it become. We are not very good at stopping problems before they become quite so unmanageable, must be something to work on and improve, no?
Saying this, while the plastic problem has gotten slightly out of hand, we can still try to reduce it and manage it as best we can.
Firstly, this increased awareness is pushing companies to take actions. Take Garnier actions for sustainable beauty,or check these 40 companies which have pledged to reduce their plastic packaging. As of recent in the Netherlands, Arla and Campina have changed their cartons to be made of recyclable paper (e.g purepack).
But while this is all good news now people (us) can play an even bigger part. Consumer choice is so important, and although companies can manipulate it I believe we can also manipulate companies. Buy loose rather than packaged, leave packages at the tills (you can join organised plastic actions, such as those that recently happened in the Netherlands), chose brands with sustainable and recyclable packaging (check recycling info on the back of packages) even if it takes a little extra time and maybe costs a few extra cents.
I believe that by making some small adjustments and consumed more consciously we have the power to create a shift in the market and encourage companies to continue on their ethical tracks..
I am hoping this inspires you and encourages you to think more critically next time you shop.
Some tips for supermarket shopping here, for some marine related blogs check the marine conservation theme here
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