Are your daily routine harming the environment? You might or might not realize how bad the small things we do could contribute to the greater problems. We have listed 3 everyday routines in this blog. Take a look at the habits listed below. If any of them apply to you, make an attempt to change. One person can make a difference, and that person might be you right now!
Tiny microbeads in washes
It’s possible that your favorite face cleanser, scrub, or body wash isn’t safe for you. Microbeads, which are small colorful pellets, are damaging to the environment. These microbeads, a type of plastic, are applied as bulking agents or abrasives. The tiny flecks are rinsed down the drain, where they are unlikely to be caught by typical wastewater treatment plants, and many wind up in rivers and seas.
When a person uses a face or body wash containing microbeads, up to 94,000 microscopic beads can be flushed down the drain. A 150ML tube of facial cleanser can hold up to 2.8 million beads. Imagine how much per person would generate tons of microplastics that ended up in marine life’s belly. Fish confuse microplastics for food particles and consume them. Worse, microbeads absorb pollutants like pesticides and flame retardants in the same manner as sponges do. These particles clog the digestive tract and cause tissue damage. And it can then make their way up to our food chain.
There are environmentally friendly substitute materials that work as good as those ones. If you want to smooth up your body, there are several natural alternatives to microbeads that will allow you to save the planet.
- whole oats are one of the best alternative gentle natural exfoliants for sensitive skins;
- salt and sugar are an abrasive alternative to microbead-filled beauty products and best smoothed onto rough skin and get rid of the dead cell attached to your skin;
- or ground coffee is perfect on stretch marks and stimulates your blood flow!
These alternative natural ways do not only save the environment and marine life, but it works as good as the plastic-filled products. If you don’t have time to DIY those scrubs up, there are many environmentally friendly ready-made products out there that you can easily purchase online or in the supermarket near you. Next time, before you buy your beauty products, check first if they would contaminate the waterways for your future self.
We all have experienced some leftover food and thought that we would rather just throw it away, and thought, it is not a big deal to waste this small amount of food. Surprisingly, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. Food Waste accounts for greenhouse gas emissions, lessening the ability of the natural resources to supply food, and noticeably more. According to SDG 12.3: Global Food Losses, wastes generated the most in the home (33.9%).
People waste food for several reasons. Research shows that many of our day-to-day decisions, from buying and cooking habits to how we manage our food storage and leftovers, all impact how much food we waste. Demographic and lifestyle factors can influence eating choices and behaviors. Much of it was extra food discarded because it couldn’t be sold or was considered to have expired. These often end up in landfills, which then generate a huge among of CO2 emissions. It is said that food waste ending up in landfills contributes to 8% of CO2 emissions worldwide.
Although composting is a helpful approach to recycle nutrients from inedible food scraps or food that can no longer be eaten like moldy ones. Still, it is preferable to avoid wasting food in the first place or to reuse and repurpose it where possible.
Thinking about it, that 33.9% of food waste being generated at home is a vast number. There are many ways to reduce food waste at home. And there are certainly some suitable methods for your household lifestyle that would work best for you. To avoid forgetting behaviors, try making a shopping list of the food items you need and checking your fridge and cupboards before you go shopping. You might also try to set up an ‘eat me first’ section to remind you to use up products before they spoil. If you gradually practice that way, you wouldn’t just save the world from global warming but also your money!
We cannot deny that plastic is making our life easier in some way. Plastic is everywhere in our daily lives since it comes with objects, from clothing to bags and from snack bags to bottles. This is due to the ease with which plastics can be used to produce various products in various shapes, colors, and sizes at a low cost. Plastic packaging protects and preserves commodities while lowering transportation weight. So far, plastic sounds useful, right? But imagine we continue to unconsciously and uncontrollably overuse plastic; what would happen?
Plastic pollution is a severe problem. As a matter of fact, the environmental consequences of single-use plastic are not ill-favored but may also be harmful to species and ecosystems. Single-use plastic is often used once and then discarded, yet it takes hundreds of years to degrade in landfills. In addition, approximately 60% of plastic garbage ends up in a landfill. In the meantime, some plastic is burned to generate energy, causing major emissions problems or entering the environment as litter.
Single-use plastic never biodegrades. Instead, it disintegrates into smaller fragments, never genuinely disappearing. There perhaps not a single location on the planet that hasn’t been touched by single-use plastic.
Although we are still far from finding a perfect solution to this problem, just a few minor tweaks can make a big difference. You can quickly start remembering 3R: reduce- avoid single-use items, reuse- bring your own reusable containers, and rethink- choose the environment and our future over convenience. We can all switch to reusable shopping bags, food containers, and produce bags and save many plastic bags every week.
The world is changing, and we are completely reliant on it. The earth provides our food, water, and air. So it is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the world we all live in. Let’s start small for a bigger change in the future!
Ice is a content creator intern at Wildchain. She sees that our arms reach all corners of the globe and an interconnected world that fuels increasingly complex challenges. As a Global Studies student, she passionate about ending global issues, especially ones related to human actions. Wildchain is a big step for her to inform people about global issues to watch while embracing awareness of wildlife and the environment.