Just one-third of plastic is recyclable, the world now has islands of floating plastic the size of countries and aquatic wildlife is under threat.
But there is hope – it’s not that long since the world took action on CFCs – now there are signs that the hole in the ozone layer is closing. So tackling food packaging ought to be a doddle.
Here’s 10 small steps to both reduce your environmental impact and benefit local businesses:
Shop at your local greengrocers or order an online veg box. Supermarket vegetables are unnecessarily covered in plastic and most ends up in landfill.
Ditch the straw (it takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose)
Stop buying plastic cutlery, cups and plates
Grow your own herbs and vegetables.
Visit your local butcher or fishmonger – there’s far less packaging than you’d find in the supermarket and Stoke Newington has some brilliant traders to choose from.
Invest in a reusable coffee cup (they sell them at the East London Design Store). Disposable coffee cups aren’t recyclable yet 2.5bn end up in UK rubbish bins each year. Most local coffee shops will be happy to fill up your reusable cup.
Buy dry goods such as rice and pasta in bulk.
Carry a reusable water bottle. You’ll save a fortune and throwaway less plastic.
Bring your own shopping bag. The 5p bag levy has drastically cut plastic bag waste – plastic bag use is down 85% since its introduction.
Pass on your unwanted items via local Buy Sell and Swap Facebook pages or pop along to a Give and Take Day (the next one is on February 25th from 2pm till 5pm at Whiston and Goldsmith Hall, E2 8QY). It’s a good chance to de-clutter and there are usually some brilliant finds.
Rachelle Strauss of the UK’s ZeroWasteWeek says, we never actually throw anything “away” – it’s really just put somewhere else. It can take 450 years for some type of plastic to break down and some don’t biodegrade at all.
we never actually throw anything “away” – it’s really just put somewhere else.
Posted 10th January 2018
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