We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Current estimates show that at last 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day.
Of course some plastic is incredibly useful. The big problem is single use plastics and the quantities in which they are used. A plastic bag for is used on average for 15 minutes, yet could take 100 – 300 years to fragment.
The good news is that you can make a difference.
- Think about your plastic consumption at home or out and about:
- Reduce – do you really need the item
- Reuse – could you reuse something you already have instead
- Recycle – Can you get more life out of the plastic, if not can you find a way to recycle it
- Join an organised litter pick, or just pick up litter on your travels, see Take 3 For The Sea for inspiration
- Support businesses that are actively reducing the use of single-use plastic, and call out those that need to do better!
For more information on how to reduce single-use plastic use at home and in business, visit www.lessplastic.org.uk