Odo Tortolla is today’s guest speaker, here to talk about a very serious problem which pollutes our waterways, litters our countryside and kills wildlife. Its plastic! Without further delay let’s hear from the wise rescue tortoise from Brinsley Animal Rescue.
You may see me as a tyrant boss demanding my dandelions and the occasional apple treat, but let’s get serious for a moment and talk about a major problem which is affecting not just the magnificent tortoise/turtle race but all wildlife and the environment. It’s plastic!
That plastic straw you’re using? Its probably going to end up in landfill or worse in the ocean where some innocent creature may try and eat it. The same goes for plastic bags which are often confused with jelly fish in the oceans. Plastic is ubiquitous (see I’m not just a pretty face and shell!) in all our lives from toothpaste and cosmetic micro-beads to those bottles of water you are so fond of.
An average UK household will use 480 plastic bottles per year, yet only recycles 270 of these bottles. Nationally that equates to 35 million plastic bottles which are used daily of which 15.4 million bottles are not recycled and will end up in land fill, dropped as litter in parks, streets, etc. or end up in our oceans! This is just bottles, combined with straws, food packaging and the myriad of other plastics which have invaded our daily lives and we can start to see the true horror of the environmental disaster which plastic has become.
It’s no longer enough just to recycle some plastics we need to start cutting plastics out of our lives and live by reduce, reuse, re-purpose, recycle. Sites such as “My plastic free life“, or One Green Planet’s article “Two Years of Living Plastic Free” have great tips about how you can start reducing the amount of plastic you use.