The Plastic Epidemic
I realise that this topic might be everywhere right now, being thrown in your face wherever you look but it’s for good reason. I’m not going to list the shocking stats of how much plastic is used or thrown away every second, I’m not going to tell you never to use plastic again, because for most of society, that’s pretty unrealistic at the moment…BUT…there are things that we can do to make small adjustments in our life which could lead to huge changes for the environment.
I realise that not everyone is able to decide what they consume, I know that plastic free options can be more expensive in the short term…but with this issue of plastic I believe we have to think long term.
Yesterday was WWF Earth Hour and they’re asking people to make promises to protect this planet, mine is going to be cut down my use of plastic. This isn’t about being perfect. We’ve become a world addicted to plastic and so it’s going to take time to change it but I for one am becoming more and more passionate about the whole thing.
Things that have helped me already cut down on my plastic usage:
Carrying a reusable water bottle around with me rather than buying plastic bottles.
Carrying a tote-bag with me at all times, and if not then asking for no bags and looking a little silly trying to carry everything in my arms!
Asking my local grocery shop if they have any lettuce without plastic (They actually removed the packaging to reuse it) – Lesson here, always ask! Raise awareness.
Compost food waste
Recycle properly – It takes a little more time but it’s worth it!
Buy a Bamboo Toothbrush – I also use Georganics toothpaste (glass jar, bamboo scoop – it takes a while to get used to the taste but now I love it and wouldn’t use anything else!)
Ladies, invest in a mooncup, it’s life-changing! Sanitary items are not biodegradable and so everything ends up in landfill.
Lush shampoo bars – Get for travelling, just purchase the travel tin. (NOTE: I’m yet to find a great conditioner that’s plastic free – if anyone has any tips please help!)
Stop using throw away wipes for removing make up – Buy muslin cloths that you can just throw in the washing machine and re-use again and again.
Hold clothes swaps – Me and some friends held one last year and it was great! So many new items and not contributing to fast fashion!
Like I said, I’m totally new to this and so if you have any tips or experiences that might help then please share. I just think we need to raise awareness and help each other out with this one.