Try to remember the last five times that you ordered take-out from some of your favourite restaurants. Did some of them, if not all of them, give you a styrofoam container and plastic cutlery? Now think of the last five times you went grocery shopping. Did you have to use plastic bags or were you able to bring your reusable ones? I have to admit that it took me a while to figure out the number of reusable bags I needed for my shopping, and more than once I had to ask for an additional plastic one.
The usage of plastic has become such a regular event in our lives that sometimes we don’t think of the impact that this has. According to the Ocean Conservancy organization “every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean”. Now think of adding that amount every year to all the plastic that is already in the ocean. Scary, right?
Fortunately, society has recently decided to implement new measures in their lifestyle to decrease the amount of plastic used, but what can be done with the exorbitant amount that is already in the ocean? Well, this is where our consumerist behaviours come into play. Why not, whenever possible, try using all that wasted plastic as a resource to build the products that we love and buy so much? Bear with me here, I’m no engineer that thinks or believes this could be applied to every single product out there, but I do know that nowadays products like winter coats, shoes, swimsuits and patio furniture are following this practice, so it is definitely possible.
It will be hard to stop using plastic overall from one day to the other. But if we start combining the way we shop and how we build new products, I can definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel.