By Tara Vaghela.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”
– Native American Proverb
World Environment Day is on 5th June, followed by World Ocean Day on 8th June.
We live in such a wonderful world, yet we’re destroying it with single use plastic and farming palm oil unethically.
Palm oil is in 50% of household items; however, it’s production destroys vast amounts of rainforests and endangers wildlife. In South East Asia, areas the size of 300 football fields are being destroyed every hour for palm oil farming. It’s thought production will double between 2009 and 2050.
Palm oil farming expels millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases which is contributing to global warming, it also exploits workers.
Palm oil can be sourced sustainably from genuine farmers, and companies using it will display the certified Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) logo.
There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. Discarded fishing nets make up 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is micro-plastic debris that stretches from California to Japan.
Micro-plastics never fully dissolve, they're in the air we breathe and the fish we eat. Plastic has also been found in 83% of the world’s tap water and 93% of the world’s bottled water. Not surprising when the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute.
Of all the plastic that has ever existed: more than half was produced in the last 15 years. Only 2% of recyclable plastic is effectively recycled.
How to help
Make the switch to non plastic and sustainable palm oil! Here's some ideas;
Reusable products; bottles, cups, sanitary products, nappies, utensils, shopping bags, cotton pads.
Eco-friendly products; shampoo bars, flushable sanitary towels, bamboo toothbrushes, wax food wraps, plastic free wipes, bamboo cotton buds.
Eco-friendly cleaning products: using sustainable palm oil or no palm oil and zero plastic waste.
Make your own natural cleaning products: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/about/homemade-cleaning-products-5-fantastic-recipes
Upcycle clothes, furniture and other household items.
Switch to palm oil free products or those certified as sustainable by RSPO.
Here are some links to small businesses and organisations fighting to save our environment;
Break free from Plastic, a community movement raising awareness about plastic pollution - https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/
Peggy Rain, a self starting washing line made from recycled fishing nets - https://peggyrain.com/
Shoreline Shaving, eco-friendly razors with a lifetime guarantee - https://www.shorelineshaving.com/
Planera, the first certified flushable and biodegradable sanitary pads - https://www.planera.care/
Gruum, unisex skin care range using natural ingredients, is cruelty free and uses recyclable materials - https://www.gruum.com/
Ecovibe, household products and make up to food that are eco-friendly - https://ecovibe.co.uk/
“Clean Up” by Nathan Bryon, a kids book which highlights the problem of plastic on beaches and in the ocean.
Sir David Attenborough's special "Extinction" is sobering viewing and is a must watch for all of us.
You can see first-hand the facts and impact our consumption and misuse of precious resources is putting us on a one-way trip to nowhere... and fast!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Less is more!
Other useful links