Plastic Oceans Europe will join hands with Guincho Green to clean up Abano Beach. This beautiful beach that has both sand and rocks also has a lot of plastic trash stuck in between the rocks. For Plastic Free July we will clean it up and later on share photos and videos on Social Media.
Total ban in all businesses from August 3, 2020 onwards
It’s still common to be at the register paying and to realize that we forgot our reusable bag. From August 3 the prohibition of plastic bags will extend to all businesses in Chile. Now the cloth bag is going to be even more part of our daily routine.
Two years of farewell
In 2018 Chile implemented the law that forbids the delivery of plastic bags (http://chaobolsasplasticas.cl). This milestone turned Chile into the first country in Latin America to ban them. Since the law was taken into effect, 5 billion bags have been avoided, according to the Environment Minister, Carolina Schmidt.
What is it and How Can I Participate?
Mountains of infectious waste, including huge piles of abandoned coffins and tons of hospital waste, are popping up in Mexico in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities announced that they had found 3.5 tons of hospital waste dumped in the forests outside Mexico City (the few lungs that citizens of the capital have), as well as 6,000 cubic meters of medical waste piled up in clandestine dumps, overflowing from trucks and buildings.
¿Qué es y cómo puedo participar?
Montañas de residuos infecciosos, incluidas enormes pilas de ataúdes abandonados y toneladas de desechos de hospitales, están apareciendo en México en plena pandemia de coronavirus. Las autoridades anunciaron que habían encontrado 3,5 toneladas de residuos hospitalarios tirados en los bosques a las afueras de la Ciudad de México (los pocos pulmones que tienen los ciudadanos de la capital), así como 6,000 metros cúbicos de desperdicios médicos apilados en tiraderos clandestinos, desbordándose de camiones y edificios.
Changing habits has a real impact? Totally!
A cigarette butt in the floor, a candy wrapper dumped on the street, the plastic cutlery that you received with your fast food, in the trash… actions that happen in seconds, but their history doesn’t end there. That quick decision that you took will stay in the environment for hundreds of years. But everything can change if you believe in the power of your actions. In this blog I share with you information and thoughts that lead me to make a change, and I hope to encourage you to do it!
It’s all about the little victories
During these challenging times I think many of us have had a moment to think about the choices we have made the last few years to end up where we are right now. The career we chose, the family we have, the house (and country) where we live and also, what will we will be doing once this is all over. How many times have I read and heard “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal”….well “normal” was a climate and environmental crisis, so I’d rather not return to that.
“I will not litter, because it could blow into the ocean or Lake and hurt the Sea creatures. Do not drive places that you can walk too. To help keep the air clean. Do not waste water. Sort out the garbage into recycle bins. We have only one Earth, so we have to take care of it.” – Noah Ristine, 7 years-old
My nephew did this. His name is Noah, and he’ll be 7-years old later this month. What a powerful message, especially from a child. It’s amazing how much more aware youth are than most adults nowadays. Perhaps they should be the ones teaching us.
Pequeños cambios pueden tener un gran impacto
¿No es sorprendente que el esfuerzo necesario para extraer petróleo del suelo, enviarlo a una refinería, convertirlo en plástico, darle forma adecuada, transportarlo a una tienda, comprarlo, traerlo a casa y tirarlo a la basura se considere menos esfuerzo de lo que se necesita para lavarlo cuando haya terminado?
Este proceso aceptado de producción y consumo es frustrante porque hay muchos puntos en los que se generan desechos y la posterior contaminación. Sin embargo, el desperdicio no es desperdicio hasta que lo desperdiciemos.
Small Changes Can Make A Big Impact
Isn’t it shocking that the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it to a store, buy it, bring it home and throw it away is considered less effort than what it takes to just wash it when you are done with it.
This accepted process of production and consumption is frustrating because there are many points where waste, and subsequent pollution, is created. However, waste isn’t waste until we waste it.