No not doing the 3 peak challenge or giving up alcohol, we at Credibly Green are going to try to be plastic free for July. This does not include all plastics but single use stuff that can’t be recycled.
The problem with plastic is it does not break down but instead breaks up into lots of tiny pieces, because it is light it tends to get blown around as litter. It ultimately ends up in the sea where it can be transferred to our food chain. Also plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists (with the exception of the tiny fraction of truly degradable plastics) and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900’s.
The good news: more than 60% of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people’s litter and avoiding buying bottled water.
So what else can you do to avoid buying single use plastic?
Avoid products in plastic packaging and buy loose if you can. If only plastic bags are available for you to put your produce in you can recycle them in the plastic bag recycling point at larger supermarket as you can with the liners of cereal packets.
Reduce where possible opt for refills if they are available, refuse plastics that easily become litter e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, foil type balloons and recycle what cannot be avoided
My challenge will be dog poo bags. Whilst I accept that I must clear up after my four legged baby, it has always seemed strange to me that I put something that is biodegradable into something that isn’t and put it in the bin. I could get a pooper scooper but then there are not many bins around for me to dispose of the offending material before I may need it again. (My hound prefers not to poop in our garden and saves it all up for his walks!). I could use a paper bag – hmm not sure about this one might not be fluid proof or I could make my own dog poo bag with newspaper – ok might be better – with lots of layers.
Cherie’s challenge will be not using cling film for the kids packed lunches she is going to try foil which she could wash and reuse and ultimately recycle. It should be noted that aluminium does have a high carbon impact and so this is only a sustainable alternative if reused many, many times, but we are challenging behaviours here as part of this ‘in-office’ exercise!
Leanne’s challenge will be makeup wipe packaging; she is going to try olive oil.
James really has problems; windows in envelopes, blister packs for tablets, film on microwaveable meals, disposable razors, coffee pods, contact lens cases, plastic netting for satsumas/lemons, toothpaste tubes. It looks like James is going to be having a radical look at what he buys this month. Even so some of his list is difficult to replace but we will let you know about the alternatives we uncover!
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