Plastic can be found in everything from packaging to toys to medical equipment. However, the widespread use of plastic has come at a high cost to our health and the environment.
Plastic production involves the use of chemicals and processes that release toxic substances into the air, water, and soil. Plastic waste breaks down into microplastics, which have the potential to contaminate food and water sources. We likely ingest these tiny particles every time we eat seafood or drinking unfiltered water.
Plastics contain harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. These chemicals can leach from the packaging into food and drinks- especially when plastic containers are heated or exposed to acidic substances. EDCs have been linked to a variety of health problems, specifically related to hormonal health; including cancer, reproductive issues, and developmental problems in children. It is even said that IQ losses are possible due to plastic consumption.
Aside from the harm to our health, plastic pollution also has a devastating impact on the environment. Plastic waste takes hundreds of years to break down, and it's estimated that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the world's oceans alone. This plastic waste not only harms marine life but also disrupts ecosystems and contributes to climate change. Plastic production also requires a significant amount of energy and resources, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and depleting natural resources.
So, what can we do to reduce our reliance on plastic and protect our health and the environment? Here are a few suggestions:
- Reduce single-use plastic: Single-use plastic items like straws, water bottles, and grocery bags are some of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution. We like to keep a set of reusable cutlery in our bags, and when ordering out we ask them to leave out the utensils.
- Choose plastic-free packaging: When shopping, look for products with minimal or plastic-free packaging. This can include buying in bulk, choosing products with paper or cardboard packaging, bringing your own containers to refill at bulk stores, and Resist bars! We use 100% home compostable packaging.
- Support plastic-free initiatives: Many businesses and organizations are taking steps to reduce their plastic use and promote sustainability. By supporting these initiatives, we can encourage more businesses to follow suit and reduce their impact on the environment.
Friendly reminder that it takes hundreds of years for plastic to break down, and that every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still present. So that straw you used for five minutes? Yeah, it's gonna stick around for a while. Join us in towards a future with less plastic!
At Resist, we don’t just care what goes in to our body but also what goes into the planet. That’s why we use packaging that is free from plastic. Our wrappers are cellulose-based, making them 100% home compostable and are free on EDCs, including BPA & phthalates.
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