Lately, detox has become a part of our daily vocabulary. The simple meaning of this word would be cleansing or detoxing, or just flushing out negative elements from our body or society.
When it comes to our bodies, we are hooked with detox videos, blogs, articles, DIYs, we have tried and tested numerous methods for cleansing our bodies, mind sometimes.
But when it comes to our environment, we don’t look for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic. We produce, consume, and later discard various materials into nature. And we seldom spare a thought about what happens to those discarded materials, where did they end up and what is going to happen to them.
The largest material that is used in almost all of our products, foods, packaging, infrastructure, clothing, housing, is plastic. According to the UNEP report, “every year, more than 280 million tonnes of short-lived plastic products become waste”.
“The packaging sector is the largest generator of single-use plastic waste in the world. Approximately 36 per cent of all plastics produced are used in packaging. This includes single-use plastic food and beverage containers, 85 percent of which end up in landfills or as mismanaged waste”, the report adds.
Now, this has become the problem of the century, how do we reduce plastic consumption which in return leads to reduction in plastic waste. So, instead of brooding over the enormous problem, we have decided to start a challenge that will lead to the detoxifying of our environment. Let us bring to your attention to our #PlasticDetox challenge.
What is #PlasticDetox challenge?
Now, imagine, if the environment was our body, and it was filled to the brim with plastic waste. How would you feel? Well, the answer is quite simple, you will feel uncomfortable, and would like to free yourself from all that waste.
Well, that’s exactly what is happening to the earth. It has been polluted with plastic waste and it needs to go on #PlasticDetox.
So, we the inhabitants of this planet will help in achieving this task at hand, by avoiding plastic in our day-to-day lives, by reducing the amount of plastic we generate by adapting to eco-friendly alternatives to plastic and discard into our environment.
Why should you take the #PlasticDetox Challenge
According to the UNEP data, without necessary interventions, the amount of plastic waste entering aquatic ecosystems could nearly triple from some 9–14 million tonnes per year in 2016 to a projected 23–37 million tons per year by 2040.
“The production of plastic is one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes in the world. The material is made from fossil fuels such as crude oil, which are transformed via heat and other additives into a polymer. In 2019, plastics generated 1.8 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – 3.4 percent of the global total”, adds the UNEP report.
How to take this #PlasticDetox challenge?
Now, this is the perfect opportunity to think out of the box, and try to lead a life that’s plastic free. Instead of using a plastic water bottle, or buying one every time you feel the need, how about you carry your own metal, glass or copper bottle with you, wherever you go?
Let’s pack our takeaways from any cafe, restaurant in our own tiffin boxes made up of steel, glass, instead of opting for the usual single-use plastic packaging. Everytime you go out for running errands, shopping, just carry a jute, cloth bag with you, and buy plastic bags to keep your belongings.
Last year in February, the UN Member States agreed on a resolution to end plastic pollution. An Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee is developing a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, with the aim of having it finalized by the end of 2024.
As we are almost half-way through the year 2023, and are only shy of six months from entering the year 2024, we as individuals and as a society have to take immediate steps and drastic measures to cut down our plastic consumption to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we generate and discard.
By attempting to look for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic, and trying to lead a plastic-free life as much as possible, we are saving not just the present generation from the catastrophic consequences, we are also helping in creating a sustainable place of living for generations to come.
So, take the #PlasticDetox challenge, and let’s all together work towards making it a plastic-free world.
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