All that glitter could choke the earth
Think of the planet when you go for your festive celebrations this year end. And remember: All that glitters is not good. In fact, scientists have called for a global ban on the use of glitter because it could lead to environmental disaster.
Glitter, those tiny particles that add shimmer to your costumes and decorations, are ever so popular during Christmas and the New Year. The troublesome thing is, they’re made of a polymer called Mylar, which are micro-plastics that easily pollute our water resources.
They take thousands of years to break down. Indeed, not within your lifetime, which means they could do plenty of damage while you’re still very much alive.
But surely they’re too small to be a concern, you say? Think again. The fact that they’re so small is, in fact the problem. They get washed down drains. They are flushed into the sea. They’re eaten by plankton, which are eaten by fish. Which means, they could eventually end up on your dinner plate.
So this festive season, if you’re celebrating at home or at a friend’s place, remind them, or if they don’t already know, warn them that if they go heavy now on glitter, they could very well regret later!
Meanwhile, D:Code takes a look at how you can join the merry revelry this season without damaging the earth.
Opt for decor with reusable materials
If you’re in charge of the decorations of a venue, avoid single-use glossy plastic banners. Opt instead for fabric banners that can be reused. Balloons might look like fun, but what happens when you’re done with them? They go to waste and choke the earth, and that’s no cause for celebration. A better option would be to make your own decorations or confetti from waste or scrap paper, and add fairy lights that can be reused every new year.
Be classy with crockery and cutlery
Say no to disposable plastic plates, cutlery and cups. Keep it real, and keep it classy with proper crockery. If there aren’t enough at your own home, why not ask your guests to bring theirs? You could start or be part of your own little movement within your network to save the earth.
If you really, really, need to use something disposable, opt for biodegradable plates instead of plastic ones. You can find find them here.
Need a straw? There are paper, bamboo and metal alternatives that do far less damage than the plastic variety. Need a drink? Imbibe straight out of a glass. And why say cheers with plastic cups when a toast with two glasses clinking always sounds prettier?
How about e-invites instead of an invitation card?
While it may be nice to hold an elaborately-designed physical invitation card, consider an equally beautifully designed personalised electronic invite instead. Sure, some people love the tactile feel of a card – like reading a real book instead of staring at a tablet screen, but real books can be passed around; invites aren’t transferable.
Make an eco-friendly New Year’s resolution
Swear off fast fashion. Decide to use less plastic. Switch to a metal straw. Bring your own cutlery. Make your own earth-saving resolution this coming New Year, and better still, make it with friends, and keep each other honest during the course of 2020.
The earth will love you for it. And the best part? You can recycle this resolution at the end of next year!