The world is continually being filled with more and more plastic that won’t be breaking down or disappearing any time soon. It is time we all stepped up and did our bit to prevent the damage going further than it already has.
It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, which could be detrimental to our oceans wildlife and also our ecosystem as we know it today.
So what can you do, to slow this down and reduce you plastic use?
- Stop buying plastic bags
Since the introduction of the plastic bag tax for customers where retailers must charge a minimum of 5p for plastic carrier bags, the amount we use them has decreased significantly. People have started using other methods of taking home their groceries or shopping items.
- Switch to reusable and recycled fabric bags
- Replace plastic bags with paper bags where you can.
- Use reusable water bottles
Plastic water bottles have a very low recycling rate and are produced in massive numbers. And these finally end up in the sea and harm our wildlife. So, you’d want to stop buying them and consider replacing them with old glass bottles that you have at home. Also, if these have plastic caps, you can collect them all and give them to recycling units near you, and perhaps, replace each one with a Bottle Stopper from the Bottle Jar Store, or a store of your choice.
- Say no to plastic straws!
Straws easily make their ways into our oceans and hurt many species that live there. Next time you order a drink or organise a picnic, think about whether or not you actually need those straws – if not say no and go straw free.
By doing these three things, you will be having a lower impact on the environment. Once you’ve done these things try and reduce further and even try and convene your favourite take away shops etc. to switch to paper bags instead of plastic.