The Plastic Problem - Why Should I Stop Using Plastic?
This week we want to highlight the damage and impact that the throwaway plastic culture is having on the environment so you can truly understand why we need to make a change. We’ll be sharing images, articles and facts to highlight what is happening right now, and just how important it is to change habits and make the switch from single use plastics.
What are single use plastics?
As the name suggests single use plastics are the plastic wrappers, bags, lids, cups, pots and cartons we use everyday that make life that little bit more convenient.
We’ve all had moments where we’re running late and are not always that organised as we run out the door in the morning and grabbing a coffee on the way to work is made so much easier when it comes in a takeaway cup. Yes it requires a little more preparation and remembering to take a reusable coffee cup or keep cup with you in the morning but every day you do is another single use cup and/or lid that hasn’t gone into landfill or ended up in the oceans.
But I recycle my cups...
Firstly ... thank you! However as is becoming more and more apparent with the media focus on sustainability and plastic waste, not all plastics we are putting into the recycling are ending up recycled. A lot of plastics simply still aren’t able to be recycled everywhere and even of the ones that are, only around 25% actually end up being recycled.
How easy is it to change to a minimal waste lifestyle?
It’s not about going completely plastic free, whilst this would be great and is what we are aiming for we understand that this isn’t always immediately feasible for everyone. We still have to get to work, juggle busy lifestyles and grab the food shop whenever we have the chance.
However simple changes can have a big impact, switching your takeaway coffee cups to a keep cup, taking reusable bags with you when you go shopping, opting for plastic free fruit and veg where you can at the supermarket or utilising local farmers markets if they are available near you are changes that if we all make an effort to implement will add up.
It’s said that it takes at least 21 days to form a habit, imagine how those little changes would add up if we all changed one or two things. For example, in the time it would take you to form a habit, simply swapping out your daily takeaway coffee to a keep cup would have saved 21 disposable cups from landfill or possibly even the ocean.