Most of us have become too dependent on plastic products, so making the shift to living with less plastic (or even plastic-free) can be a challenge!
But WHY should we do it?
Plastic is an incredibly useful material BUT the issue is that we OVERUSE it!
The biggest issue are single-use plastic products (SUPs), since they are usually used once before being thrown away.
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.
photo: Mikhail Nilov
The impacts of this plastic waste on the environment and our health are global and can be drastic.
Did you know?
- We can now find plastic debris everywhere, even in Antarctica and on Mount Everest.
- Every year, about 8 – 12 million tons of plastic waste “escapes” into the oceans.
- Half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years and if we don’t change our plastic habits, by 2050 there might be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Living as plastic-free as possible is challenging but it is important we all do what we can, step by step.
HOW to do it?
You can start out small, or really challenge yourself!
Our top 3 ways to get you started are:
Use a REUSABLE water BOTTLE.
Avoiding buying single-use plastic water bottles is as simple as carrying your own reusable alternative with you. Be sure to choose a socially-responsible and environmentally-friendly alternative, such as a reusable bottle made from glass or stainless steel.
Carry reusable shopping bags.
This is one of the easiest things you can do. Just keep them somewhere where you’ll remember them and always carry one with you. Use them also when buying fruits and vegetables. Because buying plastic-wrapped or packaged fruits & vegetables can be convenient, but it creates so much plastic waste.
Remember – reusable bags are not just for groceries! Carry them for all your purchases.
Follow REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE… REPEAT
REDUCE – Before you make a purchase, ask yourself if you truly need it. Avoid products that are wrapped in plastic, and seek more sustainable alternatives.
REUSE items as much as possible. Go to second hand store to buy used items or give away what you don’t need anymore. This way you breath new life into old things!
RECYCLE correctly and choose to buy recycled products to close the loop.
REPEAT… and repeat.
You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference!
You can also join a global movement Plastic Free July® that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
They provide resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school..
Remember – every choice we make in our own lives to reduce our plastic waste sends a message and helps builds momentum – turning the tide on plastic pollution.
YOU making a small change will collectively make a massive difference!