We all know that plastic is polluting the planet's oceans, rivers, and lands and devastating wildlife. By simply downloading some of the apps below, you can do your part in reducing the use of plastics.
In the past 50 years, plastic production has doubled. Significantly, plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues to date. The production of plastics is overwhelming our ability to handle the mass amount finding its way down rivers, in oceans, cluttering lands, and adding to the mass at landfills. Therefore, it's extremely important for each one of us to reduce our plastic footprint. Luckily, with the help of apps, we can achieve this easily and immediately. With My Little Plastic Footprint downloaded on your phone, you can learn how much or how little you contribute to plastic consumption. You pick one or more areas in your life where you use plastics such as kitchen, bathroom, travel or household, and the app calculates your Plastic Mass Index (PMI).
Another major issue with plastic pollution is the lack of education on proper recycling. Particularly with China shutting its doors last year to the Western world's trash, it's imperative that proper recycling methods increase. And what better way to educate millions of people on local recycle stations and recycling tips than an app? With Recycle Nation, you can find the closest recycling stations near you as well as tips on recycling and the latest news regarding recycling. With so many products being sold in plastic, it can be difficult to avoid plastic. But with tips on proper recycling of these products, we focus on being part of the solution, not the problem. In reality, taking the time and effort to purchase plastic-free products is the ideal solution to our plastic consumption problem.
To overcome this problem, over 70 countries to date have enforced single-use plastic bans in varying degrees. Many companies have encouraged consumers to not buy plastic or use plastic bags by only offering reusable bags. Additionally, some companies have found other materials than plastic to package their product. To put it simply, to reduce waste, we have to stop being so wasteful. With a simple online search, you can explore the innovative companies using waste to make shoes, recycled paper, biodegradable straws, drink bottles, clothing, and much more.
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