Plastic is a very useful material and is quite literally everywhere. The good news is lots of research is going into biodegradable plastics and there are literally hundreds of ways to reduce the amount we use.
An estimated 9 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since it was invented and it’s all still around today. Approximately 8 million tonnes a year reach the world’s oceans where marine life (from plankton to birds) consider it as food.
Here are 8 simple ways to help reduce the amount of plastic you consume – that’s 1 for every million tonnes of plastic that reach the world’s oceans each year.
- Refuse Plastic Bags. Always take a bag with you when you go shopping, keep some in the boot of your car. Kenya banned plastic bags in 2017 and it’s really working!
- Refuse the Straw. When you order a drink be clear that you do not want a straw. Suggest that the bar purchase biodegradable straws and suggest they advertise the fact that they use biodegradable straws.
- Recycle Plastic Bottles – We’re hoping a bottle deposit scheme will be introduced soon in the UK, it’s worked brilliantly in Scandinavia.
- Buy biodegradable bin bags – if you can’t find them in your supermarket they’re available on line. Bin bags go to landfill and by using plastic bags we’re shrouding our refuse in plastic inhibiting nature’s ability to break It down.
- Take 5 – it goes without saying we should take our rubbish with us when we spend time in the great outdoors but the next time you go for a walk or to the beach take a bag and pick up 5 pieces of litter. You could even take part in a Beach Clean – a quick internet search will tell you where to find one near you.
- Refuse plastic Cotton Buds – There are countless brands offering biodegradable cotton buds.
- Email your supermarket to ask them to offer alternatives to plastic packaging.
- Oooh, errr, well it’s got to be: Please consider buying an alternative to flip flops J.