Go shorty, it’s your Earth Day!
While everyday should be treated like Earth Day (like our birthdays, right?) 22 April is the official annual Earth Day.
This year, Earth Day is focussed on ending plastic pollution – for a good reason.
Scary stat alert!!
Did you know…
- If things don’t change, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
- There is already more plastic than plankton in the Pacific Ocean.
- Plastic is having a negative effect on human health through BPA presence, ingestion of plastic particles (through polluted food and water sources) and chemical leakage.
And this doesn’t even include impacts on wildlife and the environment in general.
“But I recycle, so it’s cool” – I hear you say. Yep recycling is cool and essential but, did you know that only around 5% of plastic produced is actually recycled? And, recently China have put a stop to receiving materials to be recycled from other countries due to high contamination rates and environmental impacts.
PLUS, thanks to single use plastic bags, bottles etc we produce more plastic now than ever before.
So, what can we do?
It’s up to all of us to play our part in reducing plastic waste and the great news is – it’s not hard. It just takes a little bit of prep and being mindful about our choices. Plus, it will end up saving you money a well as the planet!
Here are some easy ways to reduce your plastic use.
1: Reusable cup
Get yourself a super cute, reusable travel cup and keep it with you. Some cafes will even give you a discount for providing your own cup.
Reusable cups come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and funky designs. Take a leaf out our coffee loving leader Lorna Jane Clarkson‘s book, and invest in a big one
2: Straws and cutlery
Easy and compact, stash a couple of reusable bamboo or metal straws in your bag along with a compact cutlery set. Say ‘no thanks’ to those nasty plastic ones (that have been sitting out on a counter for who knows how long) and use your own.
Forget spending your hard-earned money on a teeny bottle of water. Take your big, refillable bottle wherever you go! Top up through the day with filtered water – for free!!! Shop your essential water bottle here.
4: Shopping bags
Get yourself a cool cloth or string bag and say ‘no’ to plastic shopping bags. Easy!
(Tip: Lorna Jane shopping bags are reusable and sturdy, making for a handy carry all. You can use them for your groceries as well as your other shopping. Keep one folded in your gym bag / backpack, car or handbag to whip out for any unexpected purchases.)
Opt for a wooden handled toothbrush rather than a plastic one. Wooden toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes – some have whitening bristles.
Wooden brushes biodegrade rather than ending up in landfills and waterways for upwards of a century, like their plastic-based cousins do.
1: Say ‘no’ and BYO.
Wherever possible, bring your own reusable containers, bags etc.
2: Recycle like a champ.
Make sure that you recycle properly to ensure that you don’t accidentally contaminate a whole batch of material. And take every opportunity to recycle and encourage others to do the same.
Every time you refuse and reuse you’re making a difference.
Want more? Sure you do!