It’s no secret that rubbish pollution is currently at an all time high and continuing to destroy the planet we live on.
Each year around 14 billion pounds ( 6.4 billion kilograms ) of rubbish is dumped into our oceans resulting in the deaths of 100 million mammals and thousands of human lives.
We also now have over one billion people that don’t have access to clean drinking water and more than 3 million kids under the age of 5 years old are dying each year due to environmental factors such as pollution.
The World Health Organization says 92 percent of the world's population breathes air containing pollution. Unless you want to go and live in Antarctica ( the world's cleanest destination for obvious reasons), you will be exposed to pollution on a daily basis.
We can not afford to wait for other people to clean up our mess. By taking a little bit of initiative and a small amount of time out of our day, each one of us can help reduce rubbish pollution and make the world we live in a cleaner and healthier environment.
So what can we do to help?
There are several ways in which we can help reduce the amount of rubbish we create.
In this article i’ll be covering various strategies you can implement in your day to day lives that will help save the environment and reduce pollution.
Carry a spare bag How many times a day do you need a bag for just one or two things? Single use plastic bags contribute to a tremendous amount of the rubbish we dispose of. This can be so easily avoided by carrying a spare bag on you throughout the day. If you have a plastic bag, tie it up into a micro sized ball. It won’t take up much space and will come in handy more than you think. An even better solution is to carry a more sturdy reusable bag in which you can fit twice the amount of products into then a plastic bag.
Donate clothes Out with the old and in with the new. Simple right? But where do the old clothes go? Old clothes are a massive contributor to landfills across the world. By donating clothes you’ll not only be saving the environment but also helping out people in desperate need. Most countries have various donation programs so be kind and donate :)
Buy things with less packaging When purchasing goods, look towards things that aren’t wrapped in plastic a bunch of times or contain a box inside a box inside a box.
Eat healthier foods Have you noticed the trend? Unhealthy processed foods are packaged heavily in a way to attract the audience into purchasing them.
Healthy foods use less as people are aware about most of the ingredients.
By making healthier nutritional choices, you will no doubt be creating less rubbish and feel a lot better on the inside!
Reduce food waste Try to reduce food waste as much as possible. On most occasions food waste is put into plastic bags and taken to landfill so reducing waste = reducing plastic bag usage.
Recycle Recycling is an absolute must. As our worldwide resources diminish, the nature and beauty on our planet follows. At the moment only around 23% of plastic water bottles are recycled. This means that the amount of plastic thrown away each year is enough to circle the Earth four times. Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making it from raw materials.
Reduce Plastic Water Bottles Plastic water bottles are unfortunately the easiest and most convenient way for us to keep our bodies hydrated and in countries where it’s not safe to drink tap water, the amount of plastic bottles consumed by each person is outrageous. There are some simple solutions to this dilemma. Carry a reusable water bottle with you. There are reverse osmosis water stations provided in many countries where tap water isn’t consumable and this will also save you money in the long run. If you are buying plastic water bottles, buy bigger bottles that you can refill. If you are going to be out in nature for an extensive period of time, look at using water purification tablets.
Clean smarter Instead of buying cleaning solutions to unclog your drains and remove stains, use baking soda and vinegar as an alternative. Baking soda has countless uses and neither vinegar nor baking soda will hurt the environment. This way you can avoid all the bottles of cleaners and cans you use.
Compost Composting is a super easy and natural process that takes remains of plants and kitchen waste and turns it into nutrient rich food which help your plants grow. Compost is organic materials that has been collected together and decomposed. It helps you recycle your kitchen waste and reduces the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfills.
Re-use Re-use things as much as possible. Plastic bags, plastic cutlery, cups, boxes. If you can’t donate clothes because of the condition of them, you have the option of turning them into rags or towels for multiple purposes. Re-using things obviously isn’t convenient but is necessary if we won’t to reduce rubbish pollution!
Get Involved There are some amazing programs around the world that have taken great initiative into reducing the amount of pollution scattered around the globe.
Clean The Beach Bootcamp is an epic program which is now operating in nine different countries. It gives travellers and expats the opportunity to participate in a 45 minute beach workout which is followed by an hour of cleaning one of the local beaches. The program has already removed over 1 million pounds of rubbish from beautiful beaches around the world in the first 4 years and is continuing to grow in popularity. You can check them out at https://cleanthebeachbootcamp.com/
Another incredible movement that has just recently kicked off is The Adventure Bag created by adventure blogger Jackson Groves. It’s a very simple and effective concept. Every adventure you go on, collect one bag of trash.
As Jackson says “It’s a small way of saying thanks to mother nature for allowing us to enjoy her beautiful creations. If we have time to go on an adventure we have time to collect an adventure bag on the way back out of the trail once we have enjoyed the waterfall, the hike or the beach.”
You can find more info on the Adventure Bag at https://www.journeyera.com/adventure-bag/
This planet is the only one we have and it’s up to each and every one of us to respect it and be more environmentally conscious. Take some initiative and be the one to inspire others to help keep our world clean!!
If you have young children and would like to educate them on rubbish pollution, here is an incredible interactive quiz put together by the Save On Energy team.