A few months ago, I went to the beach in North Kuta. It was a sunny day and I was expecting a clear water and hoping a beautiful walk on the sand.
Until I looked at my surroundings,
There was plastic everywhere. Ugh!
It’s hard to pretend that you don’t see them. Plastic bottle, straw, plastic cup, plastic spoon. They are everywhere on the sand! It almost feels like they’re following you. Creepy.
Most of us are so used to receiving and using plastics in our daily life. Shopping bags, food packaging, plastic bottles are normal on a daily basis. Little did we know that plastic bags we use in our daily life can take up to 1000 YEARS to decompose in landfills. Plastic bottles can take more than 450 years to decompose. Which means that not only our plastic-waste live longer than us, but EVERY SINGLE PLASTIC THAT’S EVER MADE IS STILL EXIST IN THE WORLD!
As one of the most populous countries, an estimated 1,3 million tonnes of plastic waste are tossed annually into Indonesia’s seawaters. Making it the world’s second-biggest plastic polluter. This is not an achievement you guys…. In Jakarta alone, more than 6.000 tonnes of waste per day is produced. To put this in perspective, it’s enough to fill several football fields!
One garbage truck of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute.
The scientist has predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Approximately 750 TONS!!! In other words, we all gonna be swimming with plastics. If not in plastics. Keep in mind that Indonesia is the 7th largest sea and land area with over 17.000 of beautiful islands. So imagine all those plastics floating in those beautiful islands. Definitely not a pretty sight!
Of course, plastic is cheap and convenient. It can be used for anything. Unfortunately, we have developed a single-use method in our lifestyle. There are a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging for our food, snacks, and vegetables. We don’t realize the huge impact of this. Only 9% of the world’s plastic is recycled. Plastic pollution is a global threat. It’s happening around the world damaging marine life, the beautiful reef, the corals, the river, and the landfills. It’s real. And it’s really really bad.
A serious action is needed to make a serious change!
Do you think refusing 1 plastic bottle a day can make any difference? Maybe not. But if you do that everyday, you will make a big impact! Imagine if you and your group of friends refuse 1 plastic bottle per person each day! The little step that we can do is to refuse unnecessary plastic. Do you think it’s necessary to pack the vegetables in a plastic wrap and a styrofoam? I don’t. So I shop in bulk at the traditional market. Think wisely about the impact of our consumption. Don’t wait for your government to do something about it. Don’t wait for a change to magically happen. We need to make a change. It starts with us. We only have one earth. And it’s time that we need to start caring.