Every minute the equivalent of a truck full of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans. In this series Hugh and Anita look at where the problem is coming from, the devastating impact it is having and, most importantly, what we can all do to solve it. As the series will demonstrate, there is so much more that Government and Big Business (especially the supermarkets!) could be doing, but there are also things that we can all do at home, starting today, that will make a big difference. We don’t have time to waste.
10 simple changes that you can make:
1. Buy a reusable water bottle and get the refill app on your phone refill.org.uk
2. Get a reusable coffee cup for hot drinks on the go
3. Use a bag for life and reuse bags you already have at home
4. Opt for a shampoo and shaving bar rather than plastic bottles of liquids and gels
5. If you think you can avoid wet wipes, then do. If you really can’t please don’t flush them!
6. Say no to plastic straws!
7. Avoid plastic cutlery – think about taking reusable cutlery with you.
8. Next time you change your toothbrush, switch the plastic for a bamboo one.
9. Check out your local refill store and start embracing the “reuse, refill” culture when you shop
10. Opt for tea leaves instead of tea bags where possible – or make sure your tea bags are plastic free.
If all of us make these simple changes it will have a big impact on the amount of plastic we all churn through. And as a bonus it will send the right signal to big business that we want change! Try a few out and let us know how you get on, share online with #WarOnPlastic.
More things you can do:
Go old school and order your milk to be delivered in glass bottles by the milkman
Opt for bigger blocks of cheese wrapped in wax rather than individual ones wrapped in plastic
Exchange plastic toys instead of buying new one
Try making your own kitchen spray using vinegar, water, bicarbonate of soda and lemon zest
Watch Hugh and Anita’s programme and visit the BBC Plastics Watch website for lots more ideas, and share yours online with #WarOnPlastic.