Recycling Plastic is Not a Solution

Of course recycling plastic is important, but it's not a solution to the growing issue of plastic waste infiltrating oceans. We all need to use less plastic.

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?

recycling plastic waste bottles to make Christmas trees

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

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  • Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines)


  1. Hello Melinda! I recently started my own blog talking about litter pollution with plastic being a main topic. I notice you have over 900 followers and I am just messaging to see if you have any tips because it’s all quite new to me. I fully agree with what you are saying on the plastic matter though; I think change has to come from consumers or small/medium sized businessss because big businesses are happy with the way it is for them right now which is sad.


    1. Hi, thanks for visiting my site.

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