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8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year….

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So…you wondering what this thread is about? I thought I would use it for some light, yet disturbing facts. Please no nasty comments, this is just for some awareness and change of usual reading.

I though we could post a fact/statistic (yes more environmental) and a solution. Or just ignore this if your note interested. Please be kind : )


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1 year ago
There are biodegradable rubbish bags. Brands I know of are BioTuff and BioBag and Full Circle Compostable Waste Bags

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1 year ago
My in laws waste $140 a month on food
They won’t eat cheese day after or yogurt expired 3 days before
They buy too much food and can’t believe how much they waste

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1 year ago
that is such a waste

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1 year ago
Has any stopped to actually think (or Google) these facts? If you look into the amount of plastic in the oceans, or the decline in the marine life, of any environmental problem its really sad...

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1 year ago
it is...sigh...

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1 year ago
Tampons and sanitary pads take 800 years to break down!!!! That means EVERY SINGLE TAMPON AND PAD EVER MADE HAS STILL NOT BROKEN DOWN!!! 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

Im not sure, but i assume this would also apply to disposable nappies!

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1 year ago
Yet people keep having more children

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1 year ago
We need more children to fix the planet

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1 year ago
The effects of overpopulation are compounded by overconsumption. According to Paul R. Ehrlich, speaking in 2017:

Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate. We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event [...] A world population of around a billion would have an overall pro-life effect. This could be supported for many millennia and sustain many more human lives in the long term compared with our current uncontrolled growth and prospect of sudden collapse [...] If everyone consumed resources at the US level – which is what the world aspires to – you will need another four or five Earths. We are wrecking our planet’s life support systems.

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1 year ago
Sir David Attenborough warns 'the world is in trouble'

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1 year ago
I have a lemon tree and a passionfruit vine so never buy these. I give heaps away to family, friends and co-workers. When I have too much of either lemon or passionfruit I squeeze them into ice cube trays and freeze, then I can always use in cooking

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1 year ago
Oh freezing them is a great idea

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1 year ago
I have started growing my own herbs. They are only seedlings in pots at the moment, but I'm so sick of paying so much for a bunch of herbs at the supermarket. Soon I won't have to, I'll just go outside and grab whatever I need and save!

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1 year ago
check out a 'staple free stapler'

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1 year ago
Read good natural living blogs—I like You Grow Girl, Zero Waste Home, The Good Trade, and The Sustainable Edit

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1 year ago
People around the world buy 1 million plastic drinking bottles every minute, and use up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags every year. Humans are addicted to plastic, and hardly any of it — about 9 percent — gets recycled. A staggering 8 million tons (7.25 metric tons) ends up in the ocean every year. Break the cycle.

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1 year ago
Eat Sustainable Foods
Today, large-scale food production accounts for as much as 25 percent of the greenhouse emissions. So how do you eat sustainably? Choosing food from farmers that aim to conserve the natural resources and have as little impact on the land as possible. But even buying as much as you can from local farmers makes a different. Eating more whole grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and less red meats and processed foods does too. Grow your own fruits and vegetables. You can grow a garden!

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1 year ago
Buy less stuff!! Think about how much less shopping you have done since Covid and you survived, just shows that you didn't need it in the first place

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1 year ago
What are ways we can be sustainable with food consumption?

What You Can Do;
-PRIORITISE WHERE TO SHOP. …Google ‘Ethical Shopping Pyramid’
Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of food system and world you’d like to be a part of

-INSTIGATE HOUSEHOLD MEAT-FREE DAYS. ...
-BUY LOCAL, SEASONAL, ORGANIC PRODUCE. ...
-REDUCE FOOD WASTE AND BUY A COMPOST BIN. ...
-SOURCE ETHICALLY RAISED AND SUSTAINABLE MEAT AND SEAFOOD. ...
-GROW YOUR OWN FOOD. ...
-EAT WHOLEFOODS, NOT PROCESSED FOODS. ...
-AVOID PACKAGING – ESPECIALLY NON-RECYCLABLE PLASTICS
-REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPURPOSE, RECYCLE

And do you want to know the best bit? Most wholefoods can be bought completely packaging free

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1 year ago
We eat meat everyday. It's delicious.

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1 year ago
I eat meat at least 5 times a week, but I don't think that's the posters point

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1 year ago
Thank you for sharing these!

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1 year ago
^yes, agree, thank you. I want to grow some of my own veggies, I'm slowly making a patch. Part of it is its just nice being outside doing something. I will also try the farmers markets when they are back on to get whatever I can they 1st before shopping

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1 year ago
Say goodbye to meat, just for one day a week.
Going meatless just one day a week can save you money and help the earth. About 24 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are from agriculture or the cultivation of crops and livestock, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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1 year ago
Use paper based cotton buds - the plastic stick in the middle is replaced with hard paper - yes they do exist

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1 year ago
If all you have to worry about is plastic you are so lucky.

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1 year ago
Are you not worrying about another type of plastic?

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1 year ago
The populations of some marine species have declined by 49 per cent in just four decades, according to one of the most extensive surveys of sealife ever compiled due to over fishing.

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1 year ago
Try to eat 1 least fish meal a week and make sure the fish is sustainably caught.

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1 year ago
Sanction countries that pillage the waters.

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1 year ago
China strips the seas of any other oceans they can get to, having stripped their own ocean. They are driving Koreans (North and South), out of their own fishing waters. As well as other South Asian countries: Malaysia & The Philippines. The Chinese sink the locals boats if they dare protest, or compete.

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1 year ago
At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. ... Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and deaths.

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1 year ago
Try to start minimising your plastics use one straw at a time!

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1 year ago
90% or more goes into the oceans from 5 rivers:
2 from China
1 from Indonesia
2 from Africa.
In Indonesia they sell single use packet sachets of almost all household necessities like washing powder, powdered soap, dishwash liquid etc. All because people cant afford the larger packets apparently - but I would have thought taking your own containers to get refilled would be an option, apparently not one that is utilised. And they have no organised rubbish collections.

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1 year ago
But I think this is about what YOU can do

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1 year ago
Who even cares. Not like us or our kids will suffer from it. We'll be long gone.

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1 year ago
Not true but I care about my future grandchildren, people in general, animals, etc. We need to think past our own little view.

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1 year ago
^That's right! If everyone made one tiny change, not everything, just one, it all helps : )

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1 year ago
You can make changes. I'm happy as I am.

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1 year ago
^good for you darling, glad you are happy xx

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1 year ago
"ThE wOrLd iS oVeR pOpuLaTeD" - well Linda, you're welcome to leave it.

"SeRiAL KiLLeRs aRe EviL" - agreed, but think of the bright side, fewer people driving cars, clearing trees, dumping plastic, and fucking the environment.

"BoYcOtT NutTeLLa tHeY UsE PaLm OiL" - so do most companies. At least Nutella uses sustainably sourced palm oil.

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1 year ago
Yes, human are destroying the plant. Yes, humans are over populated and the worst species. BUT I think the OP was trying to bring some light hearted awareness and uplifting solutions. I thought this post was a positive change to the normal dribble on here.

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1 year ago
^I'm not disagreeing. Just pointing out some things people don't usually consider.
Another being:
"Go VeGaN iTs GoOd fOr ThE pLaNeT" - except for how many trees are cleared to grow the vegan produce, and how much fresh water is used in the process.

To he honest, this may not sound lighthearted like OP intended the post to be, but I hope it at least makes people stop and reconsider some of their perspectives.

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1 year ago
What does it mean when ppl use small and capital letters like above?!!

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1 year ago
Looks like a ransom letter cut out of the newspaper 😂

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1 year ago
It's used to mock someone. You know when someone says something and you repeat it but with a silly voice? That's what tHiS iS aBoUt.

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1 year ago
^oh! I gEt It NoW LoL! thanks

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1 year ago
We all use platic it a fact but we also reuse plastic as well so you know.

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1 year ago
“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.”

― Cree Indian Prophecy

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1 year ago
You sunscreen is destroying the coral! Oxy Benzone, the chemical in sunscreen is destroying our coral reefs.

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1 year ago
Use sunscreen without Oxy Benzone

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1 year ago
It's uncertain how many slow lorises remain in the wild, but conservationists say populations have declined because the pet trade continues to run rampant. Habitat loss also has taken a toll, as has poaching for traditional Asian medicine, which ascribes therapeutic properties to the animals' body parts.

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1 year ago
Don't get photo with any animal when overseas making and animal trade irrelevant

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1 year ago
Poor chameleons! Of the Madagascar chameleons, 52 percent are threatened and 70 percent are considered threatened or near threatened! This includes five species assessed as Critically Endangered and 23 species assessed as Endangered!