Avoiding Plastics in your family life -Microplastics in your closet!

Just last week we have discussed why it might be a good thing to avoid plastics in your family life due to health threatening additives contained in plastics and environmental pollution problems caused by plastics.

Now we’d like to go one step further and show you what you can do in your family to avoid plastics.

One major problem about plastics is that you actually don’t always see it! Ever heard of Microplastics? Microplastics are little plastic particles that you can hardly see. They are often found in waters – especially parts of the oceans are widely polluted by microplastics. Since plastics doesn’t decompose over time many organisms ingest, accumulate and incorporate it which actually bears some major environmental problems.

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So what can you do to prevent this kind of pollution?

The first and most important thing is to pay attention to what kind of clothes and cosmetics you purchase. Microplastics often come from synthetics such as polyester, polyamide and acrylic fabrics contained in clothes and from plastic particles used in cosmetics, e.g. exfoliation products or toothpaste. Every time you wash your laundry or you use you exfoliation cosmetics little plastic particles – microplastics – arrive through your domestic sewage at the ocean.

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So what is the solution?

Stop buying synthetics and cosmetics that contain plastics! Get clothes made from cotton, linnen, wool, silk, rayon, viscose or lyocell instead. Simple as that.

If you want to read more go to

One Percent for the Planet

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Marine Conservation Society

Marine Debris Program

International Pellet Watch

Algalita

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Why it is so important to avoid plastics

In 2009 Werner Boote, an Austrian Filmmaker, released his movie “Plastic Planet” – so far there seems to be no English translation, but “Addicted to Plastic” by Ian Connacher is a similar movie released in English. Both Filmmakers investigate plastics as a global environmental burden and strongly appeal to the public to start to avoid plastics.

Why is that?

 

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Actually there are several reasons why you should avoid plastics – mainly health and environmental reasons.

Plastics contain lots of different components, that can threaten your health. The most known health threatening component in plastics is Bisphenol A (BPA), widely used e.g. in baby bottles. Now certain manufacturers start to produce baby bottles and other products without BPA. That’s a good thing. But unfortunately there are still lots of other components in plastics that can be health threatening, e.g. phthalates and toxic additives.

Scientists assume that lots of additives contained in plastics can have different harmful effects especially on your child’s health, such as allergies, hormonal and metabolic disorders. Some scientists even suspect not only BPA but also phthalates and other components to even cause cancer.

But health issues is not all there is to it.

 

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A lot of environmental problems are also caused by plastics. Unlike other materials such as paper, glass, wood or steel plastics can’t easily be reused or recycled. Plastics are not made-to-last, so they cause a lot of garbage which pollutes not only our cities, but also rivers and especially the oceans.

This is frightening but it is not unchangeable. You can make a difference! You can help to protect God’s wonderful creation.

So stay tuned!

In course of the following weeks and months we want to share lots of tips and tricks about how you can avoid plastics and how you can establish a sustainable family life.

You want to read more? Here are a few more interesting links:

One World one Ocean

Ecowatch

My plastic-free life

Smallfootprintfamily

Treehugger

Plastic Planet (German)