25 days to go …

… to the annual Marine Conservation Society PLASTIC CHALLENGE.

Single use carrier bags.  The number of plastic bags found on UK beaches has fallen by 22% since a charge was first introduced five years ago.  Not enough!  Unfortunately, the 5p charge has been embraced at the checkout.

Plastic drink bottles.  The number of these found on beaches is actually rising.

You don’t live near the sea, so what has this got to do with you?  Well most of the litter that ends up on beaches did not start out at the coast.  Most litter just ends up at the coast, thanks to our lovely windy weather.  And most of the beach litter ends up in our oceans.  I’m sure you’ve seen what chaos that is causing.

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Single use plastic, throw away plastic, disposable plastic, recycleable plastic – what ever you wish to call it – it is not necessary.  It is a waste of resources.  It is an environmental disaster.  It is a killer.  Nothing should be made that cannot be used over and over again.  How I long for a Circular Economy.

download Yes you!  Take the challenge and discover another way.  A life without single use plastic is possible.  It’s not hard at all.  The hardest part is making the decision to embrace the lifestyle changes.  Only 1000 took part in the UK in 2016.  That’s pathetic.  Come on!  Just do it!

This will be my third year on the Plastic Challenge.  Each year will get easier and easier, as I’ve fewer new challenges.  But I still take the challenge in the hope of rubbing off on a a few folk.  Here are a few of my previous efforts…  2015 – 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  2016 – 1  2  3  4  5  6 .  And a few extra bits to read:  Invisible plastic particles from textiles and tyres a major source of ocean pollution.  Scrub it out!    Don’t Let Go!

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About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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