Let's Give Plastic A Right Royal Send-Off!
There have been a lot of worrying headlines and stories about plastic lately, and the damage it's causing to our wildlife and planet. Everyone is being urged to do their bit to reduce usage.
Even the Queen is getting in on the act, with British royalty phasing out plastics in their own residences. Plastic bottles, straws and other disposables will be royally booted out in favour of biodegradable alternatives.
Another regal identity, the BBC, has also announced that it will end all single-use plastics by 2020.
The Silent Killer
Plastic might have made our lives easier when it was first invented but these days, it's doing far more harm than good. It is the biggest threat to our oceans and being called the 'silent killer'.
According to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, around one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die every year due to plastic. Incredibly, more than 268,940 tonnes of the stuff is floating in the oceans.
There are some easy steps you can take immediately to help reduce this life-threatening situation.
If you're not already doing it now's the time to buy yourself some reusable shopping bags and say 'no' to plastic bags at the supermarket. Not only are you helping reduce plastic but the bags are actually easier to pack and transport, so you're helping yourself too.
These are one of the most commonly found plastic items in our oceans. But they don't have to be any longer. It's now easy and affordable to buy biodegradable paper straws, or simply go without. Or, if you love to use a straw regularly, why not treat yourself to some Envio Stainless Steel Straws? They're environmentally friendly, reusable, hygienic and even come with a special cleaning brush.
Can't live without your takeaway coffee but feel bad about the plastic cup? It's okay, there is an alternative. Simply get your own Bamboo Eco Travel Cup. Environmentally responsible and reusable, the cup is made with sustainable natural bamboo fibre. It holds 430ml, weighs 180g and is BPA and phthalate-free. It's also fully dishwasher safe and has a resealable 'no-drip' lid.
You do know there's an alternative to the plastic toothbrush, right? Yep, you can throw away that piece of plastic (responsibly) and use a Bamboo Toothbrush instead. Sustainable, biodegradable and sensibly priced, this is one less plastic item you need to buy.
You can reduce plastic usage by buying your fruit and veggies loose. Try and avoid those pre-packed portions and re-use bags wherever possible.
REUSABLE DRINK BOTTLES:
Rather than constantly buying plastic bottles of water why not buy your own reusable drink bottle? This will not only help reduce plastic waste but is also better for your health. Plastic bottles and food containers can contain dangerous levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins.
Better still buy yourself an Alkaline Water filter system and stop buying bottled water altogether. BPA and phthalate-free, this system reduces fluoride by up to 90% and filters harmful THMs, poisonous heavy metals and other bacteria down to 0.2 micron.
If we all put in the effort now, by choosing sustainable alternatives to plastic, we can all help make the world a better place.