You may have seen the news stories – proposals to cut down on single use plastic, the banning of plastic straws and the introduction of carrier bag charges. The initiatives for businesses and individuals to take steps to become more environmentally friendly currently dominate our media. But what has sparked this new crackdown? And how can you follow suit?
The harm of single use plastics
As you know plastic is an incredibly useful commodity making our everyday tasks easier. Looking around you now, plastic objects hold a large presence in the environment around us, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to diminish any time soon.
As the name suggests, single use plastics (or disposable plastics) are only used once before they are disposed of. The most popular products to utilise SUP include: bottles, food packaging and straws. However, even though our lives are surrounded by it, only 10-13% of the world’s plastic is recycled.
A large reason for the low levels of recycling is the inability for most plastics be recycled (thanks to their petroleum base) instead over time they degrade into tiny particles resulting in the release of toxic chemicals that find their way into animals habitats (especially the ocean), our food and our water supply.
How can I help?
It may seem overwhelming when people talk of completely cutting out single-use plastic, but there’s no need to throw out all of your plastic products, especially as taking little steps can make a big difference. If the scale of plastic waste was reduced by just 10%, that would have a large positive effect in overall pollution statistics.
So, what can you do to help?
Bring and create your own shopping bag – While bringing your own shopping bag has become common place for many people, the challenge we all face is getting into the swing of remembering to keep one handy. Storing a shopper bag at work or in your car can be a big help to stop yourself from being caught out.
Carry a reusable water bottle – Did you know that studies have shown bottled water is actually less healthy than tap water? Toxins from plastic water bottles have been found to leach into water, especially if it has been left in the sun for any time. Using re-usable hard duty plastic, steel or glass water bottles help to eliminate the waste problems attributed to single-use plastic, while also being better for your health.
Share tips with your co-workers/clients – While we like to stay away from preaching lifestyle choices in both work and public environments, sharing the benefits of re-usable products will help to educate the health and environmental benefits of making these small changes.
Switch to eco-friendly merch – While the old school business model of plush toys and chocolate treats have their moment, switching to an environmentally friendly branded product, such as water bottle or tote bag, will not only help to market your business in a positive light (studies have shown that 53% of consumers would prefer to buy from a company with a green reputation), but also offers customers a product that they find helpful for everyday life.
From both personal and professional stand points, making small environmentally friendly changes to your life can make a big difference to your business and the overall environment.
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