The past year or so has seen an increasing amount of interest into the waste we create in our day to day lives. At the forefront of this, is arguably plastic; the war against plastic has gained more and more media attention as we become infatuated on waste, and rightly so; I recently read an interesting article on EcoWatch that says in the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than we did during the whole of the last century. The problem is, this rate isn’t going to alter unless everyone makes a little bit of change to their lifestyle. Yes, there are small groups of people who are coming together in the fight against plastic by completely eradicating it from their lifestyle – which is great – but it isn’t enough anymore to leave it to those groups. I truly believe that if everyone made healthy, plastic-related decisions here and there, it would make a huge difference to the amount of plastic wasted in this planet. I don’t know if we can ever really reach a completely plastic-free world, but if we all make small changes, it will certainly help the bigger picture. So, here are TBM’s top tips for cutting down on your plastic waste.
Ditch the Single-Use Water Bottles
On average, more than 60 million plastic water bottlesend up in landfill every single day, according to the CRI. That’s around 22 billion a year. By making one simple change to our lifestyle, and purchasing a reusable water bottle will help to drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastics that will end up in landfill and clogging our wonderful seas. So why not treat yourself to a nice new water bottle, knowing you are doing the environment a favour? There are some fab ones on the market now, I personally am a huge fan of the Chilly’s Bottles– especially as they are able to keep water ice cold for up to 24 hours which is great for when I’m on the go. They have even released a lovely Emma Bridgewater range – check those out here.
Say No To Straws
This one should be easy; thankfully the majority of restaurants, cafés and bars have already made the switch from plastic straws to paper straws. However, if you happen to stumble somewhere that is still using plastic straws, take the opportunity to refuse. More often than not, we don’t really need a straw, it is merely habit that gets us reaching across for the unnecessary addition to our drink. There are however, alternatives on the market that won’t cause any unnecessary harm to the environment. There are loads of reusable, stainless steel straws out there – a simple google search will reveal a whole host of options where this is concerned.
Don’t cling on: foil is just as good
When conducting research for this blog, I read an interesting article on WWF (find it here) that suggested ditching the cling film in favour of foil. Tin foil is actually widely recyclable whereas cling film has to be thrown away as a domestic waste, meaning it’s journey tends to end in landfill alongside all those 60 million water bottles. It just goes to show how one simple change when you’re packing tomorrow’s sandwiches can make a big difference.
I hope this blog goes to show the difference that the smallest acts can make; I take no issue whatsoever with those who decide to completely remove any traces of plastic from their life, however the realist in me says that it is highly unlikely we will reach a world where plastic isn’t a go-to material (not in my lifetime anyway). This is why I strongly believe that it is down to the many, not just the few to make healthy changes in our attitude towards plastic. It saddens me greatly to see so many images of beaches and seas brimming with plastic and landfill waste that could have been avoided. Small changes mean big results where plastic is concerned – so let’s all do our bit.