2018 has made us more conscious of the choices we make and how they affect our fragile planet. Documentaries like Blue Planet have highlighted the extent of damage that’s already been done to our oceans and it’s only getting worse. Bleaching coral (over 50 % of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years), overfishing and the Great Pacific garbage patch (about 1.6 million square kilometres in size – more than double the size of Texas) are just a few of the frightening examples that have sparked this new movement towards sustainability.
Sustainability is defined as a requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves, can potentially be shared by all future generations.
In plain English, our actions should not be harmful to the environment or deplete our natural resources and thereby we can support long-term ecological balance.
- 160 000 plastic bags are used globally every second.
- 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times.
- Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years but never really gone, as they break down into microplastics.
- Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
Are you contributing to these devastating facts? Well, it’s never too late to make a difference. Join our SAY NO TO PLASTIC campaign and SAY YES to recycled and stylish shopping bags. Each bag is unique in that no 2 look the same as they’re upcycled from excess banner fabric from Expand a Sign – instead of ending up in a landfill.
However, sustainability takes many forms – whether it’s environmental or economic, we have a responsibility to be the change we wish to see in this world. Why not join us at our beach clean-up on the 30th of June at Blue Lagoon (8 am – 10 am)?
Check out our next blog where we’ll discuss this and offer our insight in further detail.