Prevent Plastic Pollution
What can we do?
If you are concerned about plastic pollution and want to know what you can do to help, we suggest 10 tips for reducing your “plastic footprint:”
1. Carry a reusable coffee flask. Less than 1% of disposable coffee cups are recyclable.
2. Carry a reusable water bottle. Disposable plastic bottles are one of the leading causes of plastic pollution on beaches, and seabirds often eat their lids.
3. Avoid or reuse plastic cutlery. The average person disposes of 466 pieces of single-use plastic cutlery every year.
4. If you need to use a straw, use a paper one. Plastic straws and stirrers take up to 200 years to decompose.
5. Use foil instead of cling film. Foil is recyclable, but cling film is not.
6. Use loose-leaf tea instead of tea bags. Disposable tea bags introduce microplastics to our waterways and food chain.
7. Give up gum. Chewing gum is often made from plastic, but plastic-free alternatives are now available.
8. Stop using glitter. Plankton and shellfish can ingest this microplastic. However, like gum, there are now eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter alternatives available.
9. Buy milk in glass bottles instead of plastic cartons. Plastic milk cartons are not suitable for reusing or recycling.
10. Buy wine in bottles with corks instead of plastic stoppers or screw caps. Plastic stoppers and screw caps contain an industrial chemical called BPA that manufacturers use to make plastics.