Faima BakarThursday 5 Sep 2019 9:51 am
Most of us are aware of the war on plastic. Considering the substantial amounts of waste polluting the environment, a lot of us are ditching plastic straws, coffee cups, and even flying. But one mum, in the name of saving some mess, was slammed for not being mindful of plastic waste. She revealed how she ordered 144 plastic toothbrushes that have toothpaste applied already to make it easy for her kids to brush their teeth. Not only is each brush made out of plastic, each one is encased further in a plastic wrapper. Writing on a Facebook page for fellow parents, she wrote: ‘These are a must-have in our household. It means no more wasted toothpaste or a big mess to clean.’ She continued: ‘Grab one out of the wrapper, wet it, brush teeth, and throw everything away.’ A member of the group posted a screenshot of the message on Twiter where it went viral, with users condemning the move. ‘Our poor earth,’ wrote Megan Trautman.
Megan said that the mum’s defense to using this much plastic was that it was recyclable. But Megan wasn’t happy with this answer. She tweeted: ‘Her entire argument was “it’s recyclable” please DO YOUR RESEARCH. ‘Right now 300 MILLION TONS of plastic is produced annually and only 10% is recycled!!!!’ Others agreed with Megan, saying ‘Within this box is 144 plastic toothbrushes and 144 wrappers that will go into a landfill to sit for 400+ years. People really don’t give a damn about this planet and it’s actually terrifying.’ Some people criticized the mum for lazy parenting, arguing that it doesn’t take much effort to clean any mess they might create when brushing their teeth. One person felt that only a dentist should have access to such resources: ‘I feel like people shouldn’t be able to buy this unless they work for like a dentist’s office or with those in need. ‘Regular people shouldn’t have access to such wasteful things just to misuse them.’
Plastic production and waste is not only harmful to our environment, but it also affects our guts. Researchers have now estimated that the average person consumes more than 74,000 particles of plastic each year. And it’s reported that only about 9% of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled. Though that’s an incredibly low number, it doesn’t mean we should all admit defeat. As prevention is better than cure it might be better to just cut plastic out as much as you can. Does anyone really need 144 toothbrushes?