Recycling has come on a long way over the last twenty years, pushed in part by changing social acceptances. The plastic waste that was refused as little as ten years ago is now readily accepted. Indeed this is the case of PVC, a previously none recyclable material. In today’s world, the desire for this product actually outstrips the availability in some areas! There is no mandatory requirement to mark plastics with a recycling symbol for consumer use. However, to aid the recycling industry, the plastics manufacturers mark their larger items with a code of symbols and numbers. This code is usually found on the base of the product and will help you to sort your recycling.
I have divided this guide into two parts. Part one will ease you in with a list of 11 things that you should be doing at the start of your journey. Incredibly, if you are currently doing nothing then these 11 things could reduce your plastic waste by a staggering 75%! Part two of this guide lists 23 things that you can do to maintain and possibly increase that 75% reduction.
In 2016 Japanese scientists researching landfill sites made the first discovery of a new strain of bacteria. This bacteria was eating its way through plastic!
In 2019 a study into the biodegradation of plastic films by marine consortia discovered unidentified microbes in the pits of ocean going plastic…
I would have loved to have read an article such as this before I started my own personal journey. A journey into living a sustainable lifestyle that is good for me, my family, and the planet as a whole.
I have included here a list of the things that you should know before starting a sustainable lifestyle.
You Can’t Change Everything All At Once
Making Mistakes Is Inevitable
It’s Your Journey (Be Proud)
Lifestyle Terms Are Only Guidelines
Do What Makes You Happy
Connect With Your Inspiration
Think Before You Act
Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Repurpose, Rot, And Refuse.
As we steadily increase our demands on the world’s limited resources, we also see our actions having a direct effect on the climate of the world. Climate change is now largely accepted as real and as such, is a threat to our delicately balanced ecosystem and all life on earth.
However, all is not lost. Many people around the world are switching onto this enforced realism and are starting to take action to curb its effects. From direct activism, to social media chats, to small proactive changes in personal lifestyle choices, people are trying to make a difference.