Our intern Christie volunteers for Surfers Against Sewage, and can see first hand the impact that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment. Here she shares some tips on how you can reduce your plastic use and help prevent this problem.
As plastic pollution has become such a dire problem, there are lots of campaigns to help people reduce plastic and waste and live more ethically. Some of the tEC staff are currently taking part in Plastic Free July, a challenge to either reduce disposable plastic use or remove it from your lifestyle completely for a month, which will hopefully form changes that will continue long after July is over. If you are interested in curbing your plastic use, here are some tips on how to get started:
- BYO (bring your own) Reusables: Put together a plastic free kit of essentials that you can carry around with you such as a canvas bag for shopping, metal, glass or bamboo straws, refillable water bottle and travel mug.
- Make your own meals: Cooking from scratch can sound daunting but once you’ve learned a few meals you’ll never go back- it’s cheaper, healthier and tastier- plus there’s no plastic packaging!
- Switch up your wardrobe: Plastic microfibers from synthetic clothing find their way from the washing machine to the ocean and the water we drink! Try converting to items made from natural cotton, hemp or linen.
- Use bars of soap: Solid, unpackaged bars are becoming more popular for everything from dish soap and hand wash to shampoo and conditioner, they are often longer lasting and have no plastic packaging.
- Switch to recyclable/compostable items: Bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel razor, natural bath sponges, so many items were around long before their plastic replacements and switching back to them stops the risk of them becoming more plastic pollution.
As reducing waste and plastic is given more and more attention, it’s becoming easier to find alternatives. To get started, search for your nearest ethical, zero-waste shop to buy plastic-free alternatives and package-free products.