Plastic: not so fantastic.....most of us consume around 5g of plastic in food and drink in a week – about a credit card’s worth!
Eco Tip #1
Plastic is used in our clothing, food packets, electronics, bottles, paints and building materials. It is a vital component of our cars, phones and computers, homes and gardens. It surrounds us in one form or another, both day and night. A lot of this ends up in the sea and the cost to marine life is devastating.
The top 10 worst single use offenders are
6)pet food pouches
9)plastic drinking straws
10)“foilized “ wrapping paper
Can you make 1 change in your daily life to help protect our seas and marine life?
Eco Tip #2
When you decide to go plastic free in your home it can be tempting to throw it all away. However, this will create waste, probably going to landfill. A better idea is to select pieces for charity donation or, if your item is currently being out to good use, then keep using it.
The real decisive shift is to commit to not buying new plastic products. Once you have done this you can gradually decide how to replace items and dispose of them responsibly.
Eco Tip #3
As well as making simple swaps at home, there are a number of campaigns you could get involved with to help create real change. Plastic Planet and Friends of the Earth are currently petitioning governments everywhere to look at how they are handling the plastic pollution crisis.
Eco Tip #4
Plastic bags have been on the environmental hit list for many years now and yet about 1 million bags are still used every minute worldwide, with each bag taking up to 1,000 years to degrade.
Simple canvas “bags for life” are readily and cheaply available and can be put through the washing machine when dirty. Made from cotton, they are also biodegradable
Eco Tip #5
Stop Buying Bottled Water
Even if you recycle your plastic bottle, enormous amounts of energy and resources have still been used to extract, bottle and ship it around the world. Bottled water produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste a year. According to plastic recycling charity Recoup Recycling, the UK alone uses 13 billion plastic bottles each year! Switch to good, Scottish tap water.
To All Crisp Lovers:
Did you know that it takes 80 years for a crisp packet to decompose?
Did you know that 150 of them can be ironed together and turned into a survival blanket for a homeless person to help keep their sleeping bag dry and insulated?