As good ecocentrics, we celebrate Recycling Day every May 17 to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment and promote the culture of reusing materials.
Recycling is a key practice to reduce the environmental impact of the production and consumption of products.
One of the main environmental problems today is pollution caused by the improper use and disposal of plastics.
Plastic is one of the most widely used materials worldwide, and its use has become increasingly common due to its low cost and durability. However, it is very harmful to our planet; it can take hundreds of years to decompose and its production process consumes large amounts of resources and energy.
Therefore, from our We Are Ecocentric Movement we believe that it is in our hands to take measures to reduce the consumption of plastics and promote their recycling. Here are 5 ideas that can be useful to achieve this goal:
Oceans, the biggest losers
The problem of plastic in our oceans is serious and growing. Each year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, equivalent to one truckload of garbage dumped into the ocean every minute.
Because it is a non-biodegradable material, it does not disappear, but instead breaks down into small particles called microplastics that can persist in the oceans for hundreds of years.
These have negative effects on marine life, as it is easy for animals to mistake them for food and ingest them, which can cause suffocation, intestinal obstruction and other health problems. In addition, microplastics can accumulate in the food chain and reach humans through the consumption of fish and seafood.
Plastic can also cause the death of corals and alter marine ecosystems.
We invite you to watch this video from TVE (in Spanish). Please reflect on this matter, because together we can take better care of ourselves, reduce the use of this polluting material and collect it when we see it on the beaches or in the fields.