Why we should all reduce plastic waste
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the issues surrounding our single-use plastics consumptions is big news.
The year began with China closing its doors to our plastic bottles and containers. David Attenborough swiftly followed with his Blue Planet series which truly bought awareness to the mainstream.
Whereas plastic pollution was once only conversation for the environmentalists, now everyone from all walks of life are aware of some of the issues.
An article that really piqued my interest a year ago was this from the Guardian, where it was shared that a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. Isn’t that shocking?
Likewise, I discovered that the Ellen McCarthur foundation have predicted there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050, if we don’t change our ways.
That makes me want to cry.
I’ve also learned that 79% of our plastics end up in landfill, as litter or in the bottom of the ocean; they aren’t even recycled. And plastic litter is devastating for birds – birds can get trapped in plastic netting or worse still, mistake plastic slivers for food which they eat themselves or use to feed their young.
The team at Kennedy Wild Bird Food have created a wonderful infographic on the plastic pollution problem and how this is affecting our wildlife.
Take a look at the infographic and why not choose to take one action to reduce your dependence on single-use plastics? Here are eight ideas:
8 ways to reduce single use plastic
- Use a refillable coffee cup – some places offer you a discount if you use your own cup!
- Refill a water bottle and take it to work with you
- Have an office policy to use mugs rather than disposable coffee cups
- Say no to carrier bags and take your own
- Buy loose fruit and vegetables or sign up for a vegetable box scheme
- Say no to plastic straws and cutlery when out and about – carry your own alternatives
- Find an alternative to clingfilm for sandwiches such as beeswax wrap
- Consider packing a zero waste lunch rather than buying takeout – you’ll save money too!
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