It’s about time that we have the talk about our massive trash problem. We see it every day: a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, plastic cups and bottles disposed of in garbage bins instead of recycling bins (and the same goes for you, single-use coffee cups!), and not to mention all of the trash we dispose of regularly that ends up in our oceans. Over the past 30 years, global production of plastics has jumped by 620 percent, which equates to 300 million tons of plastic materials coming into circulation each year. Of the 300 million tons of plastic created annually, about 85 percent of it is not recycled. That means that it ends up in our landfills and eventually makes its way to our oceans. How much plastic are we talking? It’s been estimated that about 8.8 million tons of plastic from land-based sources makes its way from land to sea every year and it’s taking a huge toll on marine life. Around 700 million marine species are faced with extinction because the trash we dump in our oceans puts them at risk of entanglement, ingestion, and pollution. It’s a sad, intimidating fact, but it’s a problem that we can take on together.
Plastic has become so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that we often don’t think about where it goes once we throw it away. Luckily, social media makes it easy for us to spread awareness and all it takes is a simple campaign to get people to realize the impact that they have on the planet. One Instagram in particular, trashplanet_norway, is using the power of social media to encourage people to cut plastic out of their lives for good through striking photos with (more often than not) snarky text. Here are some of our favorites.
Seriously, why are these pods a thing?
And if nature goes, so do we.
Coffee is fleeting, but plastic is forever.
Can you spot the difference?
Literally, this is what plastic is doing to our planet.
Is this some brilliant metaphor for how easily we’re seduced by cheap products in plastic packaging? Yes. The answer is yes.
See also: how we feel when we think about single-use plastics.
Either way, this stuff’s not for the birds.
What else can we do to help fight the plastic monsters plaguing our planet? If we all make the commitment to cut plastic from our lives as much as possible, then we can make a difference. Start by looking at where you use plastic in your everyday life and ask yourself if it can be replaced with a more sustainable object, like switching disposable coffee cups and single-use plastic water bottles for reusable alternatives.
For more snarky images like these, go to trashplanet_norway and click that “follow” button. You won’t regret it.
If you’re ready to ditch plastic, join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign.
Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.
All image source: trashplanet_norway/Instagram