Psychologies Magazine: An article by Sian Sutherland in Psychologies Magazine about discovering how to live a plastic free life.
My journey began at the Being Human Swedish Wilderness Retreat, above the Arctic circle, in 2015. Sonjia Norman and Frederikke Magnussen were my sled pals and, over reindeer stew, they told me about the film they were involved in – A Plastic Ocean. I was shocked at how little I knew about the matter. I’d never asked what happens to the plastic we use every day, or what effect it could have on our health. All I knew was that it made my life easier. But, once I started to learn the facts, I realised I had to get involved.
As a new trustee of the Plastic Oceans Foundation, I set myself a single goal – to do everything possible to make this vital documentary famous. And, once the film came out in January, I joined forces with Frederikke to create anti-plastic activists far and wide so we could all collaborate to stop using this incredibly useful, but wholly indestructible, material.
At 56, I am the plastic generation. Plastic started to be used in mass production for food packaging, drinks bottles and personal care products during the 1960s. Three-hundred million tonnes is manufactured every year, and only 12 per cent of it is recyclable. In 2017, we will make more plastic than the cumulative amount ever produced. Unless it has been burned, which produces toxic gases, it all still exists. And now it is coming back to haunt us, contaminating our oceans and our lands, killing marine life, birds and animals – and entering our own food chain.
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