Plastic packaging and products are so common, we have become complacent about buying them and discarding them. We put our faith in inefficient recycling programs, often failing to realise that very little of the plastic ends up being recycled.
As conscious consumers, we can make changes to the way we buy to reduce the plastic we put into the environment. Here are some simple steps we can take.
Every era has iconic images that shocked the world and finally inspired action, whether it was images of starving polar bears caused by the failing ozone layer or starving children as a result of the Ethiopian famine. For the next generation of conservationists, one of the most disturbing sights on earth has to be the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But what is it, how did it get there and how can we address it?
It is no secret that the world's ecosystems are in a bad way. Widespread deforestation, pollution and unchecked economic development have degraded some landscapes to a shadow of their former selves. One solution to this global problem is that of ‘rewilding’ which has been gaining much attention in recent years. But what exactly is it?
Climate change is commonly referred to as a wicked problem. This is because of the changing landscape of individual issues arising from it that are ever-changing and near impossible to resolve. One thing that is commonly agreed upon is its cause. The misuse of resources, particularly fossil fuels, has caused an undeniable increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that is warming the planet, acting like a blanket and trapping in heat energy from the sun.
It is a widely acknowledged problem and for many years environmental charities have campaigned to clean up the ocean. The very visible impact of plastic waste can be seen on coastlines around the world, and its impact on wildlife is tragically being seen more and more often.
In the past few years, 'global sustainability' has been a buzzword along with 'carbon footprint' and 'climate change'. World leaders, independent organisations and even individuals have taken drastic measures in attempts to spread awareness about the importance of conservation and mitigating some of the global problems.
Everyone who is even slightly aware of the problems facing our planet from the depletion of natural resources to plastic pollution is probably well used to the routine of recycling paper, card, plastic and glass.
It's increasingly difficult to imagine a world without smartphones. Despite only having been around since the mid-2000s, there are now a staggering five billion smartphone users in the world.