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  • Writer's pictureDr Willard Wigan MBE

Message in a Bottle: STOP Single-Use Plastics Now! Plastics, Ocean, Pollution, Planet, Health

Plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives, but its widespread usage has led to a monumental crisis that threatens our planet's health. Waste plastic and its associated pollution have become a global concern, necessitating urgent action to curb its detrimental effects.

Eye of a needle standing out of the ocean STOP single use plastics
Message in a bottle STOP Single-use plastics by Dr Willard Wigan MBE

Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in landfills and oceans, taking hundreds of years to decompose. Plastic pollution harms marine life, as animals often mistake plastic for food, leading to entanglement and ingestion. The chemicals present in plastic, such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, can also leach into the environment, polluting soil, water, and air. Reduce plastics, love the ocean, stop pollution, help the planet, and health matters.

Turtle swimming holding a plastic bag of rubbish
Plastic Free July - STOP Single-use plastic

Quick fact! Around 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans daily. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is around 1.6 million square kilometres – bigger than Texas. The world produces 381 million tonnes of plastic waste yearly – this is set to double by 2034.

However, there is action being taken. Thankfully, there is growing awareness being taken worldwide to combat plastic waste. Such as this month being dedicated to plastic awareness, @plasticfreejuly have 100 million plus participants worldwide!

Bird eating plastic fishing net
Plastic Free July - STOP Single-use plastics

This is why I have created the world's SMALLEST plastic bottle…Calling it Message in a Bottle…that gives the reason of the message to say ‘STOP’ using single-use plastics and then thoughtlessly throwing them away! We need to start a tidal wave movement, our planet looks after us we need to start looking after it, SMALL THINGS MATTER!

Plastic Free July - STOP Single use plastics by Dr Willard Wigan MBE
The world's smallest plastic bottle in the eye of a needle by Dr willard Wigan MBE

There are a number of small things that we can all do to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics. We can start by making small changes in our own lives, such as:

  • Bringing our own reusable bags when we go shopping.

  • Using reusable water bottles and coffee cups.

  • Saying no to plastic straws and utensils.

  • Buying products that come in recyclable packaging.

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Aug 05, 2023

A magnificent gift from God. Blessings for the wonderful awareness of what matters in life. You have a great talent to share with the world🙏

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