01 Jul Plastic free July: How you can help the planet by ditching single-use plastic
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing our environment. Many businesses are launching plans to lessen their plastic distribution, but single-use plastics still litter our land and oceans. The Plastic Free July initiative is encouraging people around the world to become more conscious of plastic pollution and its effects on our ecosystems.
Started by a small team in 2017, the plastic free foundation aims primarily to engage with individuals and grass roots communities across the planet. The hope is to foster a global community with the shared goal of reducing plastic waste on a large scale. The initiative is estimated to have influenced over 326 million people across 177 countries to make small plastic free changes in their day-to-day lives.
Organisers of the initiative run a number of campaigns throughout July. These days are used to educate people of all ages on the dangers of plastic pollution and ways we can avoid it. Some of these campaigns include plastic free school challenges and tea mornings. By engaging children, the campaigns enable schools to incorporate more environmental studies into their syllabus.
So, what can you do to lessen your impact on the environment this Plastic Free July?
Plastic packaging is something most of us come into contact with at least once a day. Whether it is retail shopping or simply buying a loaf of bread, plastic packaging has been incorporated into almost everything we consume. But finding alternatives is simple.
Switching from plastic to paper packaging, using reusable bags and purchasing loose items, you can reduce your plastic intake massively. Cutting out plastic straws, avoiding plastic coffee lids and using soap bars rather than plastic-packaged bottled products are just some of the every day changes you can make easily.
As climate change worsens, many people have decided to try living a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle. This means buying only what is necessary, and avoiding items or packaging that may end up polluting the environment. Aiming for ‘zero waste’ may sound near impossible, but taking these small steps can help you to help the environment.
While plastic pollution has become a hot topic as the world attempts to become more sustainable, production numbers do not no reflect the same urgency. Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled. According to National Geographic, if production continues at this rate, according to National Geographic, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills by 2050. This is just one of the reasons we and businesses must champion reusable products.
Purchasing reusable products comes with several benefits for both you and the environment. Not only do reusable bottles, food containers and other environmentally conscious items lessen your impact on the environment, they can also save you money in the long term. Buying reusable products means that you don’t have to purchase items that need replacing regularly.
With the help of companies promoting ‘refill stations’ in grocery shops, reusable items have never been more accessible. From cereals to pasta and rice, many shops across the country are now encouraging customers to bring in reusable containers to fill. This cuts out a staggering amount of plastic which would have otherwise been thrown away almost instantly.
Remember to recycle
After society has consumed plastic in different forms for so many years, moving away from it completely can seem daunting. But while you start to transition to a cleaner way of living, opting for recyclable plastic can also make a huge difference. Reducing our plastic consumption is still top priority, but if plastic is purchased it should preferably be recyclable.
Plastic that goes unrecycled or littered consistently show up in our oceans. It is estimated that over 1.1 million sea birds and animals are killed every year due to plastic pollution in their habitat.
The world produces nearly 381 million tonnes of plastic every year, which is set to double by 2034. We must fight to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and find ethical ways to dispose of products that have already been distributed.
Where does ESS come in?
At ESS we understand the importance of working towards a sustainable lifestyle. Through efficient energy management and ethical waste disposal, we can help our clients cut costs and reduce any harmful impacts.
Get in touch today to hear more about how we can help you towards a sustainable future.