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The present scenario of covid proves the above statement. Just as we are polluting our nature with excessive use of plastic, in the same way, now we are all compelled to wear plastic masks and gloves and fighting for our survival. And the fact is that we are fully responsible for this critical situation, as we created it, so deserve it. Because if we cannot preserve and protect our nature, we don't deserve to be a part of it.

Plastic is everywhere nowadays. We are using it endlessly just for our comfort. However, none of us realizes how it is harming our planet.

Plastic has become one of the most used substances. It is seen everywhere these days, from supermarkets to common households.

Billions of items of plastic waste are entering our lands, oceans and rivers. Plastic pollution is a real issue. In fact, the effects of single-use plastic on the environment are not only unsightly but can also be devastating to wildlife and ecosystems.

Single-use plastic is typically used once, but it needs hundreds of years to break down in landfills.

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The most common single-use plastics found are carry bags, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic sachets, plastic wrappers for consumer goods, food packing, straws and types of plastic bags, and foam, etc. 

These disposable plastics, such as plastic straws, bags, food packaging, and soda and water bottles, never break down completely. Instead, they degrade and become microplastics and continue to pollute the environment.

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So, here is the impact single-use plastic has on our environment. When disposable plastics degrade in the environment, they release a variety of chemicals during degradation, which has a negative impact on the animal and plant habitat. The chemicals and the gas emissions can be toxic and have adverse effects on the environment and human health. Plastic kills millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, so plastic is also harmful for wildlife. Our addiction to plastic also has negative impacts on the climate. 

The fact that plastics are now a serious headache for the planet. 

Single-use plastic is a serious issue and should be properly addressed. If each of us becomes aware of the impact that plastic has on our environment, we could be one step closer to reducing it.

And the good news is that it is in our hands, as consumers, to turn this situation around. We have the power to make changes by changing the way we consume.

Making some small changes we can actually make a huge difference. 

  • Each of us can switch to reusable shopping bags, food containers, it can save throwing away a bunch of plastic bags every week. 
  • Start using eco-friendly products instead of disposable plastic and learn the proper way to recycle common plastics and reuse as much as possible. 
  • Avoiding the use of plastic straws, cutlery, even in restaurants.
  • Support local businesses and buy local and in bulk. 
  • Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages and a reusable bag or container for your food. 
  • We can also try a plastic-free week — the results will be stunning!
  • Purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw.
  • Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! 
  • Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic. 
  • Buy boxes instead of bottles.
  • Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container.
  • Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  • Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop. 
  • Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters. 
  • Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic.
  • Don't use plasticware at home. 
  • Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby's carbon footprint. 
  • Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It's healthier and better for the environment.
  • Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags.
  • Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

By these easy ways we can start reducing plastic waste and plastic pollution in our everyday life! 

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In this way we can protect our nature. Always remember there is no planet B, so take care of our nature must be our priority, not because nature needs us, but for our survival we need nature more. We should always be grateful, love and appreciate our mother earth. 

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