LOOKS LIKE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IS HERE TO STAY

September 23, 2020

A sandy beach with a pile of washed up trash

In the these turbolent times there are many topics that gain a lot of attention. Pollution definitely is one of them. And let's face it, we should discuss the topic even more and take more decisions how to avoid polluting our planet.

Environmental pollution is a term that combines a variety of types of pollution.
These are:

  • Air pollution

Toxic chemicals. Pesticides and fertilizers. Noise and light pollution. Ocean litter. These are examples of contamination that  is killing human, animal, and even plant ecosystems.

Long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to chronic respiratory                    disease, lung cancer, and other diseases in humans. Short-term                        exposure can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and cause upper                      respiratory infections, headaches, nausea and allergic reactions.

Landscapes and waterways that may seem pristine, might be polluted by sources located thousands of kilometers away. Around 30% of the global population still doesn’t have access to safe drinking water, putting them at risk of contracting deadly diseases.

  • Light pollution

can cause disruptions in circadian rhythms  of humans and animals. This topic was already covered in our post about how real beauty sleep is.

  • Noise pollution

deriving from traffic or factories can cause hearing loss, stress, and high blood pressure. Noise from ships and human activities in the ocean is harmful to whales and dolphins that depend on echolocation to survive, endangering their population numbers. 

Last, but not least, the oceans are littered with containers that fall from ships during storms, trash that washes off city streets into the rivers or waste from landfills that blows into streams and then into the sea. This debris may degrade slowly and persist for years and create large ocean garbage patches. These patches are large floating islands of trash and small pieces of plastic which can distribute toxic chemicals throughout the oceans, damage corals, and harm animals if they get entangled in debris or digest any piece of garbage and plastic.

Organisms absorb toxic chemicals from the environment through the skin or ingest them with food and water. Animals higher in the food chain accumulate these toxins in higher concentrations, making them more liable to diseases, birth defects and genetic mutations.  Accumulation of toxins can also make some species unsafe to eat.

 

WHAT CAN A SINGLE PERSON DO?

We have to advocate for a reduction of pollution and promote sustainable living at the local, national, and international levels. We have to push for measures that will enable the planet to sustain life.

We have to create a successful waste management and recycling protocol all over the world and promote a culture of responsible consumption to ensure our ecosystem will thrive.  

 

FLOWER AND SPICE'S MISSION OF SUSTAINABILITY

Flower and Spice skincare is 100% natural and organic, free of animal testing, genetic engineering or nanotechnology, made in skincare lab certified with a CSE for its ethical, ecological and economical excellence. Skincare is presented in glass jars, as glass is not toxic, free from potentially harmful chemicals and not associated with a negative impact on our health.

Glass is 100% recyclable and can also be reused over and over again, as it can be washed and sterilized.

Try to find another use for Flower and Spice empty glass jars. Reuse them as herbs and spices containers, storage units for spare buttons or pins, candle holders, use them for children’s art projects. Give them a few more uses before you take them to the recycling center.

 

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