Plastic pollution

How did we get to this point?

We will see what we are allowing to happen when we choose to acknowledge the truth. Plastic pollution is slowly killing our planet. We started using plastic in a time when our population stood at a quarter of what it is today. Plastic eventually replaced many robust materials that would have lasted much longer than their plastic replacements. In the last century, the production of plastic has got completely out of hand. We now produce over 300 million tons of it annually and less than 10% of this plastic is recycled.

Plastic pollution

This planet and life as we know it cannot withstand much more of our destructive behavior. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch which lies between Hawaii and California is evidence of our disregard for Mother Earth. This floating island of plastic pollution is said to be the size of Texas. This garbage patch has an estimated weight of 79000 metric tons.

There are more of these garbage patches floating in our oceans. One of them in the Indian Ocean is covering an area of 5 million square kilometers. By the year 2050, the marine debris is expected to triple. The fishing industry is one of the biggest culprits in polluting our oceans. Most of the waste is fishing gear and nets. Is it too late, or can we fix this thing?

Plastic pollution in our oceans take the lives of over 100 million marine animals each year. This alone should be reason enough to stop us in our tracks.

Plasatic pollution
This albatross chick is just one out of millions of victims

Can we fix this?

I wonder why it takes so long for the government to intervene and bring an end to the use of fossil fuels. The only possible reason for the delay in governments taking action is money. These psychopaths have no care for Earth or her inhabitants. This is no conspiracy theory, just look around at the devastation. People and animals are the least of their concern.

Plastic pollution can only be contained or controlled by means of a global effort. We need to take responsibility for our actions. It is no use blaming or relying on corrupt politicians to correct a problem that they are financially benefitting from. It is up to us to stop purchasing products made from non-renewable resources. A great way to help is to volunteer at a local beach or river clean up.

Light at the end of the tunnel

I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. An organization, Ocean Cleanup has set out to tackle the job of removing the Pacific Garbage Patch, at a cost of $ 32 M. If they are successful, we can apply similar techniques in other areas of the ocean.

There is the talk of using plastic waste and marine debris in repairing roads. This method apparently works very well and is superior to the use of asphalt. Repairing roads with used plastic waste is a huge step forward in combating this massive problem. Plastic pollution can be collected and put to good use. This is not easy, nor cheap. However, it can be done.


There are always alternatives. Stop buying plastic water bottles. Glass bottles are a far better option. Refuse plastic bags and rather get reusable shopping bags. Insist on cornstarch, biodegradable packaging for your fruit and veg, which is readily available and cheap. Plastic additives like prodegradant concentrates promote oxidation. This means they break down the plastic enough for microorganisms to consume them, eventually turning into carbon dioxide. Another exciting alternative to polystyrene is nanowood which will hopefully stop the production of styrofoam.

We can replace nearly every product we use with reusable, renewable or sustainable materials. Companies and ethical online shopping malls like are providing the consumer with a wide variety of options.

Plastic pollution
Reusable tote bag made from upcycled parachute hammock material

Taking responsibility

There is simply no excuse for any of us to continue contributing to the senseless suffering of marine wildlife. Most forms of plastic are toxic and will only lead to disease and poisoning of eco-systems. Chlorinated plastic can seep through the soil into the groundwater, affecting all who drink from it. There is so much that can go wrong if we continue along this path of madness. But let’s take a stand and turn this thing around.

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Importance of Exercise

Be our best

Our bodies are designed to move and to do so regularly. We function at our best with regular movement. Building muscle and improving our metabolic rate help the body maintain a lean and healthy state. Joint health is highly dependent on adequate surrounding muscle. Importance of exercise goes way beyond having a great looking body. Its a start to being our best.

Good muscle tone does more than just support our joints and help us lift heavy objects. Regular total body workouts keep our hearts strong and improve our general overall health. This is true if we are going about it the right way. Applying the correct nutrition plan will ensure the best results. In my biased opinion, I would recommend you get assistance from a personal trainer and a nutritionist.

Importance of exercise
getting started

Importance of exercise

Commit to an exercise routine, preferably with some professional guidance. Your nutritionist will explain how you lower the risks of heat-attack, diabetes, and many more life-threatening illnesses. Obesity is a major killer in modern day society. It is never too soon to take control of your health. Losing weight is possible under the right conditions and guidance of a qualified nutritionist.

Importance of exercise has many mental health benefits that are just as important as the physical. Physical activity is shown to help in raising serotonin and dopamine levels which helps with depression and anxiety. Getting fit and healthy boosts our mood and self-esteem. The psychological benefits of physical activity are immense. Clinicians working with addiction will almost always recommend exercise as part of the rehabilitation process.

How to get started

There are loads of fun and exciting forms of exercise available for all levels of ability. We all start with different levels of fitness and physical ability. Some of us might be ready to enter a park run, while others might be starting rehabilitation in a hospital. All we need is a positive attitude and desire to improve our current physical condition.

Importance of exercise far out-weighs most of our habitual distractions. There are so many things to distract us during the course of our day. We often convince ourselves, we have no time for a workout. If you spend any recreational time on a device, then you have time to exercise. In 4 minutes, you can do 50 push-ups.  Dedicate another 6 minutes to sit-ups and you have a pretty decent 10-minute workout.

For those who suffer from obesity and certain physical disabilities, a swimming pool is a great place to start. By walking the shallow end of a pool, you are able to get low impact movements in your body. This is a perfect way to increase blood flow and regain mobility in injured joints and build wasted muscle.

Importance of exercise
a way of life

Fitness culture

It is really good to see how the fitness culture has boomed over recent years. Lots of people are realizing how the importance of exercise is not something to ignore. There is more park runs, mountain biking events and yoga studios than ever before. Gyms are packed and many are setting up home gyms too. Family sport and leisure centers are popping up all over the place.

Living well is no longer just for certain athletic types. People are coming out of their shells and trying out various activities and finding that they really enjoy it. Some people might have the impression that technology is keeping people indoors. In fact, technology is helping people keep track of their performance and vital signs. Most people listen to their favorite music or podcast while they are working out. I touched a bit on this in a previous blog about earplugs that never fall out.

A way of life

Importance of exercise will soon become ingrained in our everyday lives, once we discover what works and feels good. A morning routine becomes enjoyable once we have seen the results. It is a great feeling to receive compliments on how much weight you have lost muscle that you gained. With time, we become more motivated and our exercise routine becomes a way of life.

I hope this article inspires you to make the adjustments necessary to be the best you can be. Please comment below with any advice or questions you might have. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. There are more blogs on various other subjects for your pleasure.

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