No doubt you’ll have heard in the news recently, how plastic is the cause of many environmental problems, so by cutting back on the plastic you use day-to-day, you will help to preserve the planet.
Don’t buy plastic straws
The Marine Conservation Society has estimated that up to 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year. Many of them end up in the sea, and are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups. So when you’re next in the supermarket or even at a restaurant – say no to plastic straws.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has recently suggested that plastic straws could be banned in Britain entirely. The Queen is also doing her bit to help the cause by putting forward an effort to reduce the number of plastic straws used at royal estates, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Reuse shopping bags
In 2015, the UK introduced a new law that required large shops to charge customers 5p for every plastic bag used. Though this is only a small amount, these costs can add up over time. Why not avoid this charge by taking your own bags with you when shopping or purchasing a reusable ‘bag for life’? Given that a single plastic carrier takes around 1,000 years to degrade, you’d be doing your bit for the environment too.
Carry a reusable bottle
According to Greenpeace, over 35 million plastic bottles are used every year in the UK. Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save money, too. Plus, you’ll be keeping yourself well hydrated at the same time.