Reduce your Plastic

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year! Packaging accounts for just over 40% of total plastic usage. Over 100 billion plastic beverage bottles are sold in the U.S alone each year. Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each with a “working life” of a mere 15 minutes.

Here are some simple ideas for you to adopt to reduce your plastic usage and waste:

  • Take your own bag to the shops
  • Drink tap water and carry it in your own stainless steel bottle
  • Don’t buy body scrubs – those tiny beads are usually made of plastic
  • Choose fruit and vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic
  • Don’t use ‘single use’ plates, knives, forks etc. wash up after you eat.
  • Wherever you can, choose liquid products that can be re-filled rather than bought new etc.
  • Refuse plastic straws in your drinks, try stainless steel or paper.
  • If you can’t find an alternative to single-use plastic, make sure you recycle it
  • Don’t celebrate with balloon releases, the chances are the balloons will land in the ocean, choking seabirds, turtles and marine mammals.
  • Use crystal deodorants – they last far longer, are more effective and some even come with no plastic packaging at all.
  • Use good old-fashioned soap – it works as well as liquid soap and lasts longer
  • Buy butter wrapped in paper instead of in a plastic tub

More information can be found at Plastic Oceans, and  Less Plastic.  Local groups and information can be found from Win On Waste, Plastic Free BournemouthLitter Free Coast & Sea and Wimborne War On Waste.

You could also try this quiz from Friends of the Earth to discover where plastic is lurking hidden in everyday items.

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