Ready to Plastic Free July?

July 02, 2020

Ready to Plastic Free July?

Scientific evidence of the impact of plastic on the Earth’s ecosystems and wildlife, date back to the 1980s. Nonetheless, despite many documented cases, it’s widely acknowledged that the full extent of the impact of plastic on ecosystems is not yet known.

There are three main ways plastic can affect wildlife. These include: 

  1. The entrapping, encircling or constricting of marine animals by plastic debris. Entanglements most commonly involve plastic rope, netting and abandoned fishing gear. However, entanglement by other plastics such as packaging have also been noted.
  2. Ingestion of plastic. This can occur unintentionally, intentionally, or indirectly through the ingestion of prey species containing plastic. Very small particles such as plastic fibres can be taken up by small organisms such as filter-feeding oysters or mussels; larger materials such as plastic films, cigarette packets, and food packaging have been found in large fish species.
  3. Interaction with plastic. Fishing gear, for example, has been shown to cause abrasion and damage to coral reef ecosystems.

The above information is just scrapping the surface of our global plastic pollution problem. It is therefore, so important for our collective awareness to increase and for the collective to say no to plastic more and more and utilise alternatives wherever possible.

So with Plastic Free July upon us, what are some simple swaps you can do in your home (because let’s face it, we are all spending more time at home!), to help reduce your plastic use and subsequent waste?

Plastic Free July have put together some great information about easy, daily swaps you can do oh so simply and I am so happy to share some of these great tips in this blog article.

  1. Thinking about the packaging of an item is a good place to start to ‘buy less’. Thinking about potential alternatives can include: choosing an item with the least amount of packaging, switching from plastic to paper packaging and choosing loose product with no packaging at grocers/bulk food stores. For reusable products, consider items that a designed to last forever. 
  2. Choose to refuse plastic-packaged bathroom supplies, including shower gel and liquid shampoo and conditioners. Making the switch from shower gel, liquid shampoo and conditioner to bars of soap is an easy way to reduce consumption of single-use plastics.
  3. Avoid cling wrap.There are so many wonderful alternatives to plastic cling wrap that you can use to reduce plastic pollution. Store food in reusable containers. You can also use reusable silicone bowl toppers to cover food in bowls, pots and pans, or even get crafty with an upside down plate, reusable cloth cover or wax wrap.
  4. Choose loose leaf tea, or select the brands that produce plastic free tea bags. It’s astonishing to learn how many tea bag brands (unfortunately) use plastic. Before you sit down for a cuppa, ensure you’re not contributing to plastic pollution in this way.
  5. Choose plastic free alternatives for your pet. Rather than picking up dog poop using a single-use plastic bag, try using a shovel or pooper scooper and putting it straight in the bin. If you’re out on a walk, you can use compostable bags or even scrap pieces of paper, newspaper, or paper bags. Be sure to source pet food that comes in paper bags or tins which can be recycled, not plastic. 

These are just some ways you can slowly reduce your plastic use in simple and doable ways.I hope you will choose to be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics.

Small changes can collectively have huge impacts!

Information sourced from: Our World in Data and Plastic Free July

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