This week - our top four simple tricks for reducing your plastic footprint…. More to follow!
With TV shows like Blue Planet II having such an impact on so many of us, people are becoming more and more aware of plastic pollution and the devastating effects our everyday habits are having on our beautiful oceans and marine life.
With this in mind, we’re always on the hunt for quick and easy ways to reduce our plastic usage in this frenetic world we live in. Here are some simple tricks that you can introduce today with very little effort but SO much impact.
Tip 1: The Traditional Soap Bar
Remember the days of the old fashioned soap bar? Remember the last time you went to someone’s house and saw one? We don’t. And given how much hand-wash one family might use, just imagine the amount of plastic you’d reduce if we all returned to tradition.
And it’s not just hand-wash that can be replaced by a bar - you can buy shower gels and shampoos & conditioners in bar form too and switching to these would make such a difference.
Give it a try. You’ll also find you they last so much longer so you won’t be running out all the time. Bonus!
Tip 2: Re-usable cups
As a nation we seem to be getting better at remembering to take our shoppers to the supermarket but we’re not as good at remembering to take re-usable coffee cups. With the UK population throwing away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year and less than 1 per cent of them being recycled, carrying around your own coffee cup could make a huge difference.
You can even go one step further and join in with the Friends of the Earth campaign to ban plastic cups altogether and they we’ll have no choice but to remember.
Tip 3: Ditch Cling Film
Well of course we’re going to be advocating this one but it really is something we feel so passionately about.
In the UK we consume around 1.2 billion metres of cling film every year, or about two large rolls per household and, like other many other regularly used non-recyclables, it ends up on landfill at best and in the stomachs of our marine life at worst and when there are other environmentally friendly alternatives out there, this is something we can all help change.
It is often made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is a plastic that has also been associated with harm to human health as well as damage to the environment.
And there’s more… Clingfilm starts life as tiny plastic pellets called nurdles. Millions of these are spilled during factory production every year and are washed into our water courses via storm drains. Fish and other marine life often mistake these tiny nodules for fish eggs and ingest them, with harmful consequences to their health. The toxins remain in their stomachs and then enter the food chain. Check out this link to find out more about the damage these cause https://www.nurdlehunt.org.uk/whats-the-problem.html
So what can you do to help? You can replace your cling film with any of our beeswraps products. They can be re-used for up to a year, are entirely recyclable, have no hidden chemicals and they look great too. With smaller wraps for sandwiches and larger wraps to cover large bowls, we’ve got you covered.
Again it’s a simple solution but wow, what a difference it will make to our beautiful planet and our own health too.
Tip 4: Get your children involved
What better way of helping our planet than by turning our kids into mini eco warriors. Help them start as they mean to go on by educating them on ways they can help. It can be as simple as reminding you every day to take your own shopping bags to the supermarket to initiating a campaign at their own schools to help reduce plastic usage. The more they learn now, the better for them in the future and they really do love to be involved.
There is so much more you can be doing so please check out some of the other environmental campaigns organisations such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace are involved in. Simple small changes can do so much!