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Litter and damage to animals

Impact litter on animals

Every year, some 300 million tons of plastic end up in landfills. However, not all litter ends up neatly in the trash. Litter not only pollutes our oceans and cities, but also causes a lot of animal suffering.
Our mission is to ensure a better future for future generations. Although our focus at myenergi is on green energy products, we are also extremely passionate about all aspects of sustainability. That's why we like to talk more about the impact of litter.

Statistics on waste

  • The World Wide Fund for Nature reports that 1.5 million tons of plastic litter consists of water bottles.
  • 33% of the waste comes from fast food.
  • Every year one billion seabirds due to litter, and some 260 marine animals become entangled in ocean trash.

Impact of litter on animals

Impact of litter on wildlife

Waste that is thoughtlessly thrown on the ground has a detrimental effect on plants and animals. It is not only a danger to their health, but also to their habitat. Just a few examples are:

  • Animals get stuck in pieces of plastic
  • An animal can choke on plastic bags and similar material
  • Some creatures cut themselves on sharp litter that people throw away
  • Litter damages and contaminates the nests and habitats that animals have worked on for so long

These are just a few examples of the impact of litter on animals. You may already see a trend in this: All impacts can be prevented.

How can we stop this?

The answer is simple: stop littering. Dispose of trash properly and don't just let it end up in nature. Use recyclable materials whenever possible and dispose of them in the proper bin. In addition, avoid using plastic straws and cutlery.
Do you still have plastic you want to dispose of? If so, take the following precautions:

  • Cut elastic bands and rings off plastic containers so animals can't get stuck
  • Rinse out cans and push them together before throwing them away
  • Pick up trash from others and throw it in the trash can
  • Put the lid on the package before you throw it away
  • Use paper bags or bring your own while shopping

What else can we do to protect the environment?

Preventing litter is a simple step with a lot of impact, but it doesn't stop there. We can do much more. Check out our guides below to see what else you can do for the environment and animals: