Plastic in the world

There is an ongoing problem all around the world and that is the amount of plastic that is in it. It is a problem we should all be concerned about.

I want to use this blog to look at what I’m doing to reduce the amount of plastic that I am using.

Plastic in the world

Reducing plastic use

So over the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of different posts that look at alternatives that you can use. How you can also reduce how much you use as well. We all need to work together to keep the planet healthy.

A healthy planet is a beautiful one. It is one that we want to celebrate and photograph.

There is something we can all do to help stop this.

Being proactive

Over the last year or so I’ve been trying to make changes to the way I live to see if I can make a difference. I know me on my own won’t make much of a difference, but I refuse to believe that I am the only one that wants to make a difference.

A friend of mine was telling me how she was going to try and live plastic-free. Meaning has no plastic at all in her house. I don’t think I can go that far, but she did make me think about what I could do. Slowly over time, I have made a lot of changes to how we live. The amount of recycling we produce has gone down, along with the amount of rubbish we produce.

Over the next weeks

So, as I said, every now and then I am hoping to bring a post to you about the different things I’ve done. The products I’ve found and that sort of thing. How I am reducing the amount of plastic that I use.

To start off I thought we could look at a couple of videos that shows how bad it is.


Plastic in the world

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  1. I think the best way is to manufacture plastic that consumers would love to reuse! And of course less plastic should be manufactured!

    1. Now that would be perfect, but then how do we determine what we can reuse. I reuse as much as I can, and if I have the choice of buying something in plastic or glass, I always go for the glass option. It annoys me how so many things, like peanut butter here, used to be in glass and then they changed it to plastic. Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. You are not alone! I think there are lots of us trying to do what we can and live sustainably. It’s hard..I came home from the supermarket this morning realizing I’d bought milk in a plastic bottle and a plastic container with small tomatoes…not good enough I thought…i need to grow my own small tomatoes and write to my milk company which is local but uses plastic …🤔🙄
    Thanks for being a sustainable human 😀

    1. That is good to hear Trees. I don’t know that you can avoid buying milk in plastic bottles, I guess the best thing is to consider the things you can change. I want to grow my own tomatoes too. I am actually looking in growing quite a few things. I grew my own herbs last summer and some lettuce, I loved it. I want a little summer garden.
      Thank you too Trees, good to hear from someone else.

  3. Thank you Leanne, for your post, I posted the first video, we need more and more of those wake up calls. It’s our planet and we all live on this together and we all responsible for what we are doing to this planet.

    1. We really do, we have to keep reminding people. That is so try, it really is, we have to protect what is ours. Thank you Cornelia.

  4. I’ve been so depressed about this for several years. It started when I took a holiday in the Andaman islands and found that the beaches have to be cleaned of plastic every morning. On the mornings I took a walk before the cleaning crew, the otherwise wonderful beaches were littered with washed up waste. There was mild progress in the last few years, but the COVID response seems to have wiped that out. Throwaway plastic is back with a vengeance.

    1. It is pretty bad that they have to do that every day. Oh yes, I must say during this pandemic with online shopping there is so much more plastic. I’m still trying to make a difference in my home and overall we are doing better. Thank you for sharing that.

  5. Thanks, Leanne. This is a horrible problem the world over. Several years ago, I purchased a few Camelback bottles as I always carry water with me whenever I travel more than a few miles. My wife and I stopped using drinking straws about a year and a half ago. The biggest problem here is plastic grocery bags. Prior to COVID, we had begun using our own bags – reusable ones. But when COVID hit, the stores now only allow one to use the store’s plastic bags. I am looking forward to more posts.

    1. You sound a lot like us, though if we go to the supermarket we can still use our own bags but we have to pack them ourselves. Online grocery shopping is horrible you end up with so much more plastic. Thank you Tim for sharing.

  6. Your post is powerful — very moving maybe because it makes me sad, angry, and now motivated to do more to end one-time plastic usage. Thank you for using your photography expertise for good. We need you now more than ever!

    1. Your reaction to the post is the same as mine was when I first started seeing what was happening to the oceans. I have been doing a lot in my own home, and I hope you will that useful when I start doing posts on it. Thank you Rusha.

    2. I try not to use straws, zip-loc bags and bottled water nearly so much. But I’ve gotten accustomed to the many conveniences plastic provides. I’ll think of you now as I grab hold of something — and then, hopefully, put it down. You’ve had an influence on at least one person, Leanne!

    3. I have some metal straws that I can wash, but try not to use the plastic ones. I try to very very rarely buy water. I tend to only do it if I get caught out. Zip-loc bags I still use, but I was them and reuse them until they fall apart and I can’t put more tape on them. I think you are right, I don’t know that I will ever be able to get rid of it completely, but I have reduced it a lot. Thank you Rusha.

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