While plastic is recognised as a great invention the prolific use of it in packaging has led to wide spread problems. Of the plastic produced today, about 50 per cent is single-use plastic packaging.
“The most common single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types of plastic bags, and foam take-away containers.” – United Nations Environment Programme, 2018
The problem with single-use plastic is it doesn’t break down in the environment, instead it breaks up in to lots of little pieces known as microplastics. These microplastics then end up in our waterways, oceans and ultimately in our food chain.
The great news is there are so many alternatives out there to these single-use plastics and they are so easy to use! Below are just a few options:
Take away coffee cup = reusable coffee cup
Plastic bags = reusable shopping bag
Straws = say no thank you or use a metal straw
Bottled water = reusable water bottle
If you are keen to make a change with at least one single-use plastic – sign up to the plastic free July challenge here.
The Council is also keen to know what actions you are taking to be plastic free during July.
Upload a pic to Facebook or Instagram and #fightthelandfill and we will randomly pick a winner. The winner will get a reusable bag made from advertising banners.