Why it really matters to you?
Did I mention, plastic is poison? Maybe that bottled water you just purchased is safe. At least for a while, that is. Fact is, lots chemical additives and toxins are used while manufacturing plastic. Over time, reacting to the water, air and other environmental elements, chemical toxins from the plastic start seeping out back into the environment thus contaminating the area. Plastic also has the annoying property of attracting to itself other toxic chemical substances, such as the deadly DDT, present in the environment. This increases the concentration of contamination around the plastic polluted areas. The toxins present in plastic have been linked to serious hormonal problems, cancer, respiratory issues etc.
Sure, it takes time before plastic starts to leach out the deadly toxins. But that is exactly where plastic’s strongest and yet worst property comes into action — durability! Plastic literally lasts forever. Almost all the plastic that was ever invented, still exists. Instead of decomposing, plastic simply keeps breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces. Even a flimsy bottle of water will take up to a 1000 years before it decomposes. Additionally, in the extraordinarily long time plastic takes to decompose, it breaks down to almost microscopic size. These are easily ingested by the fish and other marine life. Even bigger pieces of plastic such as bags, are mistaken for jelly fish and eaten by predators. All of these ingested plastic finally make their way to our dinner tables in the form of sea food. So yes, why should plastic matter to you ? Because you’re probably eating it!
Learn more about how plastic enters our food and its ill effects on our health and environment —> An Era Of Plastic Overkill.
What you can do, now.
Over the years, there has been many ‘light-hearted’ attempts at curbing the plastic problem in the continent. From time to time the government or some other small group would take initiative and undertake a campaign to crackdown on the plastic usage. But these are short lived activities that seem to do a better ‘PR’ job than it does for the environment. In terms of damaging the environment, plastic is probably the worst criminal out there, still alive!
The magnitude of damage plastic causes, demands us to be much more upset than we currently seem to be. When large international business such as the 7-Eleven, with both the knowledge and resources to help with the plastic menace, instead act irresponsibly and carelessly, it is outright offensive. It is time we, the common people, took matters into our own hands and let these large corporates know that we mean business. They have the money but we got the numbers. Even if a quarter of the population unites for the sake of the planet, it is sure to make the 7-Eleven board members sweat!
Let us hold accountable these large corporate businesses to make them act more responsibly and show some concern for the environment. Spread the word, educate family and friends. If we can get at least 200,000 people from the 600 million that call South East Asia home, 7-Eleven will no longer be able to ignore the plastic menace and will be compelled to implement a policy that curbs the amount of plastic the 7-Eleven staff hands out to the customers at the cash counter. Signing this petition is a simple first step you can take to fight this catastrophically unhealthy plastic pride.