Bio Blog - How we can tackle our single-use plastic habit
by Claire Potter - claire potter design ltd & Plastic Free Pledge
Plastic – the wonder material that promised so much when its use was scaled up from the 1960’s. We now produce over 320 million tonnes of new plastic every year, around half of which is for single-use plastic items. Each item can last over 500 years, so we are yet to outlive any piece of plastic that we have ever created!
So what can you do to reduce your own plastic footprint?
Here are our top 5 tips
on where to start:
1 – Stop buying single-use plastic water bottles.
Get a reusable bottle to carry around with you instead, and use the free Refill
network to top up your water.
2 – Get a reusable cup.
Disposable coffee/tea cups are mostly plastic-lined, making them hard to recycle – and you may get a discount for taking a reusable cup.
3 – Find a local greengrocer.
Fruit and veg will be mostly loose and plastic free.
4 – Pre-plan your lunch.
Convenience is often where we find single-use plastic, so plan ahead and take your lunch with you every day.
5 – Do you really need a straw…?
Most of us don’t, so if you think your drink will come with one, just ask for it to be left out.
In 2017 we founded the Plastic Free Pledge
to encourage local venues to stop using single-use plastic straws, which has been so popular that it has now grown in to an international campaign.
These may all seem like small steps, but they really do add up! See how much you can do to reduce your single-use plastic habit, and encourage others to do similar....