Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, killing and harming marine life. As a result, many people are trying to reduce their plastic waste so that they have a smaller footprint. Have a look at how you can try use less plastic so as to improve the well being of the planet, with little change in behaviour from you.
Bottles and cups
The UK alone thows away around 2.5bn coffee cups are thrown away every year -that’s seven million a day! Less than 1% of these are able to be recycled, meaning most spend up to 50 years in landfill, after lasting just minutes in your hand!
Additionally, water bottles are also a huge contributor to wasted plastic. The average London adult buys more than three plastic water bottles every week – a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste.
so what can you do
So how can you reduce your plastic usage, without giving up drinking coffee or using water bottles? Well, it’s pretty achievable.
You can buy a thermos flask, which will keep your coffee or tea hot for longer than a cup anyway. They are available for as little as £11. You can even save money! Many coffee shop chains will offer you a discount on their drinks as a reward for your efforts!
Similarly, buying a water bottle and keeping it with you. This could replace the need buy bottles from shops for just one bottle or water or juice.
On top of this, if you like buying flavoured drinks they you could get some Vit Stix. They are refreshingly Tropical Citrus flavoured, and have the added benefit of being packed full of vitamins.
what to avoid
There are also a few things which you could try to avoid. If you regularly consume and buy these, maybe try to reduce.
- Chewing gum- The UK consumes the second most gum in the world!
- Glitter- This can end up being digested by plankton, thereby damaging the eco-system. However, there are some more eco friendly alternatives!
- Straws- the UK is trying to encourage everyone to stop using straws.