Plastic is trouble. It can take decades to biodegrade (and even when it does it causes pollution), its manufacture requires harmful oil extraction, huge amounts of energy to process and much of it is unrecyclable. What are we going to do about it? Cut down on the amount of plastic you consume, you can really make a difference, and here are three easy ways to start.
1. Think reusable
Much of the plastic we use is in disposable items, sandwich bags, straws and bottles being prime examples. Try to cut down on the plastic in your life by avoiding one or two use items, invest in some reusable bags or water bottles and do you really need a straw in your g&t? No? Get rid of it.
2. Ditch the supermarket
A huge proportion of food sold in supermarkets is packaged using plastic, often in excessive amounts, try shopping elsewhere such as local shops or a farmers market where you can pick up your fruit and veg without the packaging.
The more you do yourself the more control you have over the amount of plastic used. Try making your own lunch instead of buying it, and use a reusable bag for your sarnie, or make your own preserves using glass jars instead of plastic. Get creative!
Thanks for reading,
So this year I have read up about ethical consumerism of which I am very passionate, carbon offset credits and carbon footprints, and supply chains. I have modified my consumption trying to buy more high welfare (both human and animal), local, small business, upcycled, recycled, organic and handmade. I have also almost stopped using plastic bags completely.
So, what will I be looking at this year you ask, well please see my resolutions for a greener 2014:
- Cut out more plastic – I will be looking at the things I use and buy and trying out going ‘plastic free’
- Try not to buy anything that cannot be recycled
- Stop using paper cups when I get coffee either sit in or buy a reusable take away cup
- Have at least one vegetarian day each week
I will probably also continue to be fascinated by supply chains and where products come from, how they are made etc (I blame the last book I read).
I would love to hear your green resolutions, drop me a line on twitter @lucylloydslater
Thanks for reading,
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