This disjuncture was raised Chris Jeavans, a journalist from the with the BBC who decided to start an experiment in which he would stay for a month without consuming products that contained plastic substances. The idea arose in his mind after seeing a documentary about the North Pacific in which appeared a pile of plastic floating far from the mainland. "It made me think that a simple bottle can end up as waste thousands of kilometers away."
Jeavans lives in London with her husband and one-year-old son, and the idea that the child could be exposed to possible toxic substances encouraged him even more to do so. The cuts were hard and produced and radically changed the family's life habits. He changed the diapers of the baby for ones of cloth, the plastic bottles by others of aluminum, they received the milk in glass or they used toothbrush of wood. It was then when he realized how difficult it is to avoid plastic in our society, and in fact, finally was forced to consume.
In the basement of your house there are two garbage cans, one with waste, prior to the experiment, and another with the waste consumed during the experiment. In the first one there was 600 plastic elements and in the second 116, many if we consider that it was during the realization of the experiment but few if we compare them with those of the previous month (500 less elements).
Regarding the plastic objects found in the bucket, the journalist explained that they were products that she could not avoid consuming like a lot of diapers, straws that were served in a restaurant, parts of beer bottles or a fork that she was given in a barbecue and he was embarrassed to refuse.
All his experiences were saved in a blog in which he also received support and comments, many of them have helped him to acquire new knowledge about ecology, the pros and cons.
At the end of the experiment, he extracted as a personal conclusion that the current world is not prepared to do without plastic, it is found in too many products to be able to avoid it at 100%. It defines it almost as an impossible mission. In our daily life we consume more plastic than we think, without realizing it. We just have to stop and think about what we have on top of at this moment, in what we carry in our purse or in what we have around us. Water bottles, slippers, boxes, bags, some item in clothes, etc ... and this also happens in the decoration.
According to his experience, Jeavans believes that our consumption patterns will end up changing, mainly for economic reasons, influenced by the price of oil, which may lead us to look for another alternative. Ideally, this alternative should be clean and renewable.
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