Plastic pollution is destroying our planet and perhaps you feel powerless to do something about it, right? Wrong!!! Here are 14 bits of plastic you can quit right now!
14 plastic-free products because every little makes a difference
From teabags to toothpaste tubes, the menace of plastic is everywhere, but there are more ecological options out there. Check out these 14 cleaner, greener alternatives to plastic.
The “Blue Planet” effect is causing ripples throughout the world
The main way that plastic ends up in the ocean is via the world’s major rivers. Research suggests that 95% of plastic is transported in this way.
While the majority of the plastic in the oceans comes from Asia, consumer behaviour in developed countries including the UK, Europe and the US is also a major factor in pushing plastic into the world’s waters.
According to figures, US citizens produce around 120kg (264lbs) of plastic waste per person every year. The UK produces around 76kg (167lbs) of waste while in Sweden, it’s around 18kg (40lbs).
Last December, 193 countries committed to a UN plan to stop plastic waste entering the oceans. However, the commitment is not legally binding and does not have a timetable. Aslo, different countries have adopted different schemes.
Around 40 have banned single-use plastic bags, with charges or outright prohibitions in place in China, Rwanda and many others including Bangladesh.
Others including the UK are moving to ban plastic straws and cotton buds. Zero plastic waste shops are opening in many towns and cities while plastic-free aisles in stores was part of the 25-year plan for nature in the UK put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The increased motivation to curb plastic waste and boost recycling comes after the BBC’s Blue Planet II series highlighted the threat of ocean pollution and showed footage of wildlife eating plastic.
Below are 14 plastic-free choices you can make to help keep plastic out of our oceans.
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TAKE ACTION IN THE WAR ON PLASTIC WASTE: 9 BITS OF PLASTIC YOU CAN QUIT TODAY
We all hate to see how plastic waste is killing our planet and it’s easy to become dispirited, feeling there is little you can do about it. Well here are nine bits of plastic you can quit today.