The Philippines is the world’s 3rd worst plastic polluter so there is no shortage of raw materials to make Christmas decorations. And of course I’m excited to see people in my home barangay finding creative ways of recycling plastic. But as Greenpeace oceans expert Thilo Maack tells us …
“We cannot recycle our way out of the plastic litter problem. Governments are too quick to turn to recycling and should instead prioritise the waste management hierarchy through prevention at source, followed by reuse and then recycling,”
Instead how do we stop our everyday addiction to buying and using plastic; and start demanding that large brands like Nestle, Unilever, P&G cease locking us into cheap, disposable plastics, rather than innovating and finding real solutions?
None of us can be silent on these issues anymore, not when 8 million tonnes of throwaway plastic waste washes into the sea from land every year.
I have to take stronger action, set a living example and use my voice to draw attention to this critical issue. By all means continue recycling plastic, but please let’s all work together to shop responsibly and use less plastic.
“It is one world. And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands.”
Sir David Attenborough (October 2017)
© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine