It should be no news to anyone, especially in the outdoor industry that plastic pollution is a huge problem. It effects every single person in some way, whether you know it or not. Science has proved that our habits of using plastic causes enormous hazards to marine life. Even the to tiny plankton at the beginning of the food chain have been found to have micro plastics in their bodies.
Their are many documentaries that tell the real and rather scary stories about how this plastic is effecting our world. Even the BBC has shown more on the subject in the Blue Planet II series, bringing it to a much wider audience.
2017 has been a great year, but we thought we could be doing better with how we interact with our planet. This is why we have decided to go plastic free, or as plastic free as possible in 2018.
What we’re doing
Cutting out single use plastic
We are cutting this down by swapping out any kind of single use drinks bottle with one re-usable drinks container. A new app called Refill, (started in our home city!) is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.
Cutting out plastic packaging from our food shops
We will be changing our weekly (or biweekly) food shopping habits to more sustainable, eco friendly sources. For example; changing from a major chain super market to an independent, local supplier who does not use any plastics.
Bulk cooking for lunches
We will be doing more in the way of bulk cooking for lunches at work rather than buying food out. And when we do occasionally buy food out, we will be making sure the food is supplied in recyclable materials.
Refilling bottles of body wash, washing up liquid and cleaning products
There are many places that will now allow you to take in a container and fill and refill bottles with all these products. This is a great way to reduce buying more plastic and reusing instead.
Using handmade soaps
Another great and easy swap is to go from bottled hand soap to soap wrapped in paper, or better still an all natural handmade bar of soap from independent retailers like Scrubbed by Nature.
Look into other ways in which we can reduce plastic or use recycled products
Like these recycled toilet papers from Who Gives a Crap.
Where plastic use is unavoidable, make sure it can be recycled
In some cases plastic may be extremely difficult to avoid, so instead we will use only recyclable products. Foe example, our water quality is pretty bad where we live, so we use filters to help out. We use Brita filters which are recyclable, but we are also looking into other ways in which to filter our water in a more eco-friendly way – so any suggestions are more than welcome!
This is the beginning of a bigger plan to go plastic free, to do more to fight against the use of plastics. The human race survived perfectly fine without them, so why should we really be using them now?
All is takes is a little more thought and planning to make small but important changes to reduce your plastic usage. And if we can do it, you can too. We’d love it if you would join us in our plastic free challenge for 2018.
Find out more about how you can make changes and use less plastic by visiting the My Plastic Free Life website, Surfers Against Sewage or help in other ways by taking part in a plastic clean up with Plastic Patrol.
Featured image by DIMITAR DILKOFF from Getty Images.