Wishing you could do more for the environment? Here are five easy ways to help find a solution to plastic pollution
Reports about the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans has increased in recent years with the UN describing the amount of plastic in our oceans as a ‘planetary crisis’. It has been reported that plastic has reached the beautiful depths of the Bali oceans, and even to our own shores of the British Isles, where it was reported that 73% of British beaches contain plastic pollution.
It is no wonder that there is international concern over the future of the planet, but what can we do to help? At your local supermarket, it isn’t easy to avoid buying your household items without them being wrapped, bottled or otherwise covered in plastic. So, it may seem impossible to join the fight against plastic pollution when you can’t even do your weekly shop without it.
But there are small, everyday adjustments that we can all make and, if we could all could adopt, could make a significant difference to the planet.
The images and videos of poor sea animals having straws hanging from their body parts are constantly circulating the internet and we all feel disgusted. So, lets stop this from happening one straw at a time. Reusable metal straws are available in many stores and on the internet and are incredibly cheap to buy. Pop one of these in your bag when you go out for drinks and when offered a straw for your drink at the bar, just say no!
This may seem like an obvious one, as most of us have been doing this since the charge for plastic bags at supermarkets was implemented, and although the amount of us using plastic bags has plummeted by over 85%, there are still so many of us who are using supermarket plastic bags! Keep some reusable canvas or sustainable material bags in your handbag or the boot of your car to solve you having to purchase more at the checkout and saving you money too.
The latest in eco-technology comes in the form of shampoo bars! You can now buy shampoo in a bar (sometimes wrapped in paper) like a bar of soap and as the bars are usually targeted at the vegan community they are often completely made from natural products and cruelty-free – even better! The bars are usually designed to be reusable with some bars lasting for up to 100 washes …wow! You can purchase these from many high-street stores or online.
Before you head off to the supermarket to grab that plastic bag full of fruit, nuts and veg… stop! Why not bring along some bio-degradable food bags or old plastic tubs and shop at the bulk section of the supermarket? Most supermarkets have a section where you can pick, scoop or pop the items of your choosing into a bag for weighing. Instead of grabbing a pre-prepared bag, or taking some of the free plastic ones, bring your own containers and pack your own.
It is reported that over 7.6million pounds of disposable nappies are dumped into landfill each year…ew, right? But a new phenomenon is hitting the world in the form of reusable cloth nappies and these have come a long way from the horror stories of cloth nappies our grandparents share from the ‘good old days’ so you needn’t worry. The latest versions have been created using carefully selected materials for a baby’s skin and there are some lovely patterns out there too!
These are only five small ideas that you can adopt into your everyday lives to make your contribution to going eco-friendly and they are also friendly on your pocket too!
If you would like some more useful ideas to ditch the plastic, visit The Green Education Foundation.
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