A little something about the food chain.
Plastics do not decompose, dissolve or transform into another molecule. They just become smaller and smaller as they get used by natural elements. Big pieces of plastic become small pieces of plastic, and small pieces of plastic become microplastics. Each of these is harder to gather than the previous one. What is more, the smaller the piece of plastic, the easier it is for animals to accidentally ingest it. In other words, the more we wait, the more plastic we have to collect, and the harder it becomes to collect.
No less than 29 kg of plastic was found in the stomach of a deceased sperm whale in June. A couple of days later, a study relayed by the World Health Organisation found plastic in 93% of all bottled water. On average, 325 pieces of plastic were found per litre of bottled water. The study also found significant traces of plastic in our tap water all over the world.
The only solution is to phase out all unnecessary plastic from our production and consumption cycle. Anything disposable should not be made out of plastic. What must be made of plastic should be carefully disposed of once it has done its time.
Sagar Mitra Abhiyan, our partner organisation for this campaign, has started a movement in Indian schools to encourage children and their families to recycle the plastic they use domestically. They need our help to expand their activities beyond the city of Pune and involve more schools to the project. So far, Sagar Mitra has gathered the pledges of 134,000 schoolchildren.
Humans are completely embedded in the world’s food chain cycle. If we keep on serving plastic to nature, nature will feed us plastic back, with consequences that are still unknown for our health and future.
Learn how to upcycle, dispose, and reuse plastic as if it were a toxic substance. Because it is. Not just for marine life but for you and your family.
There is no Plan B against plastic, but we figured a Plan A. Be part of it. Be one of the good guys.