Plastic pollution has become a global scourge conferring harm to ecosystems and all organisms that inhabit it. Some strategies to avert plastic pollution include conscious consumption whereby one only looks for eco-friendly packaging choices, like buying greeting cards in paper boxes instead of clear plastic shells, asking the florist for flowers wrapped in paper, not clear polyethene film and using pens that re-fill instead of land-fill. Packaging is one of the ground causes of plastic pollution world over.
Importantly, strengthening community control of basic requirements such as water through high water quality standards before distribution will ensure high water safety and reduce the buying of bottled water, which is more than 2000 times more expensive when compared to tap water per litre. Gradually, the numbers of plastic bottles will have to reduce.
Through legislation, the government can also vote to ban items of single plastic use. This will encourage the production of recyclable plastic products and thus reduce the accumulation of plastic waste.
Heavy taxation on plastic producing companies like Coca Cola and Unilever that form part of large transnational organizations that are great contributors to plastic pollution can also be done to discourage business that is unfriendly to the environment. However, increasing environmental levy on such companies can, in turn, lead to increases in the prices of plastic products, which can discourage their consumers and hence losing the market.
The formation of re-usable movements in most affected countries could also be useful. For instance, Uganda, which has strong advocacy strategies, if the youths that form a greater percentage of the population jointly get sensitized, they will always be able to reject plastic items of single-use and more so if such action is done by teens like me. I hope this can provoke the thinking of the producers and shopkeepers to devise a change in their ways of packaging for customers.
By Ananias Nsiimenta
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