Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will have probably heard all about how the excessive use of plastics is ruining our planet. There’s so much information being pushed out there all the time, we thought we’d collate it all and give you a rundown of what’s what, and what we can all do to reduce our impact.
FACT: It take about 450 years for one plastic bottle to break down in the ground.
FACT: Plastic bags that end up in the ocean kill as much as 1 million sea creatures every single year.
FACT: Over 150 plastic bottles litter every mile of our UK beaches.
We could list out the facts about plastic all day, but the most important fact is that plastic is really bad for the planet and has already caused some serious damage. Lots of countries and cities have banned the use of certain plastics.
Since the 1950s, it’s estimated that 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced. From this, only 9% has been recycled. This is how we’ve got in the situation we’re in today and why we have to make some drastic efforts to make a change.
There’s lots of things that we can do at home to reduce plastic waste, so if you’re struggling for ideas, then here’s a few you could try out:
- Stop using plastic straws. Lots of places now only offer alternatives to plastic straws, but if you find yourself in a restaurant that does supply plastic straws, only use them if they’re must.
- Use a reusable shopping bag instead of those single plastic bags. Besides, they’re easier to carry and usually fit more in any way!
- A lot of coffee shops offer discounts or rewards for bringing in your own reusable cup. Take advantage of this and prevent the use of those throw-away cups
- Most frozen foods, even those packaged in cardboard, have a plastic coating on the packaging. If you can avoid frozen food, then go fresh instead. It’s healthier, too!
As a waste management company, we understand our environmental duties to help combat this growing problem. We divert over 70% of the waste we collect from landfill. If you’d like to know more about these services, then have a look around our website or give us a call.