The effects of plastic on the environment are becoming a major concern. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic and plastic bags based solely on their convenience, the damage to the environment is becoming more and more of a problem. Plastic has an incredibly harmful effect on the environment and wildlife and sits in landfills for hundreds of years, creating debris on land and in oceans, underpinning its environmental value.

Carrier bags have become a popular way to solve the problem of plastic in our oceans and other waterways. These bans have resulted in a variety of alternative solutions, including biodegradable bags and the recycling of plastic bottles. Biodegradable bags are a great solution to minimizing the use of plastic.

A most recent discovery is that of an ecobrick, which is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biodegradable waste used to create a reusable building block and is a useful alternative combating plastic wastage. Eco-bricks can be used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and full-scale buildings such as schools and houses.

Eco-bricks are a collaboration powered technology that provides a zero-cost solid waste solution for individuals, households, schools, and communities. Also known as a (non-hyphenated, and non-capitalized) by a growing movement of communities around the world.

It is up to us to take responsibility for our planet earth whatever continent we find ourselves on.  We are all currently living on one planet and that is planet earth. It is up to each one of us to take full responsibility for our actions, be considerate of our plastic usage and make use of old plastic bags when going grocery shopping. Use paper bags where possible and recycle as much plastic as you can as we are all on this planet together and unfortunately there is no planet B.