Grown-ups are smart and you can learn so much from them, but sometimes your parents can learn a lot from you, too! It’s good to share things with your grown-ups that you’ve learned at school or even from reading this blog post ;) Speaking of blog posts, this one’s about single-use plastics. What are they? How do they affect our world? Read on to learn more and then you can talk to your grown-ups and hopefully help them change their old ways!
Single-use plastics are any kind of plastic tool that we use one time and then throw away. Things like plastic straws, forks, knives, spoons, water/soda bottles and plastic grocery bags are all examples of single-use plastics.
Children play on a beach in the Philippines that is covered with single-use plastic waste. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Single-use plastics are not great because they are used for such a short time and then thrown into the garbage. That garbage ends up in landfills, rivers, lakes or oceans where it can sit for many, many years. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade (break down naturally over time) like paper does. The worst part is that animals sometimes think this plastic is food and end up eating it and getting really sick.
Bring a reusable bag when you go shopping. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
Every little bit helps. Here are some simple ways that both you and your grown-up can cut down on using single-use plastics:
Recycle your plastics in your blue bins! (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Honest Tea)
If you do end up using single-use plastics, try to put them in recycling bins whenever possible. Recycling is the best option for single-use plastics because then they can be melted down, made into something new and reused again!
It's not always easy to change — like not using plastic straws — but you can do it! (Photo by PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)
We are all responsible to help fix this problem. Change isn’t always easy and habits can be hard to break, especially for older people like your grown-ups. ;) It’s important that we all work together and take these small steps to help save the animals and our planet!