The Big 4 Switches To Reduce Your Plastic
You might be surprised how easy it is to start your waste reduction journey, with some easy switches you can make a huge impact to the plastic you are sending to landfill.
And why would you want to reduce your waste you ask?
According to the World Wildlife Fund, on average Australians use 130kg of plastic per person per year. Only 9% of that is recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean.
Once in our oceans it begins to endanger our marine wildlife. Studies have also shown that it has begun to enter the food chain and end up on our plates.
NOT OK! So time to make these easy switches to combat the big 4 plastic pollutants.
- Reusable Drink Bottle
A staggering one million single-use plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute. That is a lot of plastic potentially ending up in landfill, our oceans and back to us.
Make the switch to a reusable drink bottle - there are so many of them on the market these days!
There are also groovy apps available to let you know where there are water refill stations, for example RefillMyBottle.
- Reusable Coffee Cup
It is estimated we use one billion disposable coffee cups per year. That's approximately 2,7000,000 coffee cups thrown out every day.
Although they look like they are made of paper, they are actually lined with plastic - which means they are not recyclable.
Make the switch to a reusable coffee cup - I personally prefer ceramic or glass. There are a lot of cafes around that will offer you a discount for BYO your cup!
- Reusable Shopping Bags
A lot of progress has been made when it comes to single-use plastic bags, which is great. However, there is still a ways to go. There are still plastic bags that make their way into our environment. Globally more than 100,000 marine animals and 1,000,000 sea birds lose their life to plastic each year.
Make the switch to reusable shopping bags - if you are caught out without your reusables try to improvise by using boxes or paper bags. Also, don't forget about reusable produce bags!
- Reusable Straws
An audit conducted by the Boomerang Alliance has shown that if a cafe only provides straws on request, straw use can plummet by about 80%. What a staggering number! Make the switch to reusable straws - either stainless steel or bamboo. You can also create change in your community by saying no to single-use straws or replacing them with a sustainable alternative.
How are you reducing your waste?