Every July, I challenge myself to go plastic-free and each year I do better but there’s always room for improvement. Sure we can recycle but what about stopping the cycle before it starts? We need water to live but does what we drink it out of matter?
Today I’m excited to introduce you to Molly Connell. Molly Connell is responsible for Online Marketing at TradeMachines. You can learn more about TradeMachines here.
Plastic-free July is a great occasion for us to reconsider our habits and try to improve. One has to admit that living completely without plastic is really a “challenge”. Entering a grocery store everything is wrapped in plastic, even clothing often includes plastic and most electronics also have plastic components.
Even if we feel that we can’t go a whole month without buying plastic, there are still easily-doable steps we can take in order to significantly reduce our plastic waste. Several campaigns and recent regulations have highlighted the importance of paying attention to detail: In Africa, several countries have already imposed a ban for plastic bags, “The Last Plastic Straw” campaign emphasizes the damage plastic straws do and even avoiding buying bottled water can make an astonishing difference.
Did you know that even if you recycle your plastic bottle, it does not mean you made no ecological impact? Although it is still much better than to just throw plastic waste away but, actually, every plastic bottle that is recycled in the U.S. is downcycled and therefore no plastic bottle is ever remade into a plastic bottle again.
The following infographic illustrates the damage the bottled water industry does to the environment and clarifies some common myths. There’s an easy solution, though, invest in reusable water bottle! The costs are minimal but the gains are immense… Take a look yourself!
You can read all about the problems with plastic pollution right here.
Molly Connell is responsible for Online Marketing at TradeMachines. As a member of the Berlin-based, fast-growing online start-up company which provides a metasearch website for used industrial equipment, her job is to enhance brand awareness and visibility. Their business model is built on the concept of reusing (machinery) and they also try to make their office as sustainable as possible