Top Tips To Reduce Plastic Pollution This World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th every year and this year’s theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ – something we are extremely passionate about. Plastic is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, polluting our oceans, harming our wildlife and filling our landfills for centuries. (Did you know plastic takes over 400 years to decompose?!) It’s important that we all take steps to reduce our plastic consumption and make more sustainable choices.
Here are some tips on how to beat plastic pollution:
1. Reduce Single-Use Plastics
Single-use plastics like straws, plastic bags, and water bottles are a major contributor to plastic pollution. To reduce your single-use plastic consumption, bring reusable bags and water bottles with you when you go out, and say no to plastic straws. You can also carry reusable cutlery, cups, and containers to avoid using disposable plastic utensils and takeaway containers. These small changes can make a big difference in reducing your plastic consumption.
To keep the fridge plastic-free, Veggie Saver offers a 100% natural reusable produce bag that is scientifically proven to keep fruit and veggies fresh for up to 2 weeks. By opting for one of our reusable vegetable storage bags, you will not only reduce your plastic pollution, but also the amount of food that goes in the bin.
2. Choose Sustainable Alternatives
Instead of using plastic products, always opt for sustainable alternatives when you can. Use bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones, switch to metal or glass food containers instead of plastic, and choose products with plastic free, sustainable packaging. You can also use household items like old t-shirts or towels as cleaning rags instead of disposable wipes. There are many sustainable options available and by making the switch, you can help reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills and oceans.
3. Recycle Properly
The good news is lots of plastic can be recycled. It’s essential to make sure you’re recycling properly as common mistakes cause contamination and a huge increase in what ends up in landfill. Rinse out containers before recycling them and remove any soft plastic wrapping that can’t be recycled. Some stores offer a soft plastic recycling scheme, so do a little research and make the most of this if you can. If your area doesn’t have a recycling program, why not consider advocating for one to be implemented?
Read more of our recycling tips here.
4. Spread Awareness
Spread awareness about the harm of plastic pollution and encourage others to make more sustainable choices. Share your tips and experiences on social media to inspire others to take action. Another great way to make a real change is by participating in local clean-up events. You can also support organizations that are working to reduce plastic pollution, like Plastic Oceans.
By taking these 4 simple steps, we can all do our part to beat plastic pollution and protect the environment. Let’s make every day World Environment Day and work towards a cleaner, greener future. Together, we can reduce plastic pollution and create a sustainable world for future generations.