One month into the new year and there seems to be a revolution taking place. Since the showing of the last episode of Blue Planet II, which brought to our attention the devastating effect of plastic on the sea and it’s creatures (the scene of the dying coral reefs still haunts me), there has been an onslaught of passionate “ditch plastic” campaigns. Even the media, is finally giving impetus to the discussion surrounding the environment and sustainability.
After watching various documentaries and listening to inspiring TED Talks, I have decided to make more conscious decisions about consumption. In this post, I will be sharing my tips on how to be green on the go with some very simple changes that I hope you will all adopt. I’m not going to put a pretence that I’m perfect but it’s about making those small changes, that will have a huge impact on our world and on our life. NOW is the time to take responsibility and action to protect our beautiful planet.
Tips For Living Life On The Go With Less Plastic
1. Stock Up on Shoppers and Totes
160,000 plastic bags are used every second. Invest in comfortable, strong and ethically made bags. To avoid the 5p charge and save the planet, stash those totes in the car, your handbag or put them by the front door. Canvas, basket or rope bags are all stylish as well as functional.
2. Say No To Straws
Have you seen that harrowing video of a turtle with a plastic straw up its nostril? If you have, you will never want to use or see a straw ever again. Currently, more than 8.5bn plastic straws are used in the UK every year. The Evening Standard initiated “The Final Straw” campaign which hopes to eradicate every plastic straw used in restaurants, bars and cafes in the Capital. 2018 will see the introduction of alternative biodegradable straws in certain restaurants and pubs. Let’s hope the trend spreads fast.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
A million plastic bottles are bought every minute and then tossed away. Our on the go culture doesn’t need to feed the supply and demand chain of single-use plastic. Now is the time to invest in a reusable water bottle.
4. Keep your Cuppa
2.5 bn disposable coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK. The majority of takeaway coffee cups CANNOT be recycled as they’re coated with polythene to keep them watertight. Coffee chains such as Pret a Manger are offering discounts if you bring your own cup. The government have also recommended a “latte levy” of 25p. A reusable coffee cup could save the planet and your purse-strings. Ecoffee Cup has a wide collection of beautifully printed cups made from bamboo fibre. Check out their alarming facts about disposable coffee cups.
With these items and a little bit of planning ahead, you will help reduce waste and save our oceans.
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