In 2017 we started taking steps to reduce our reliance on single use plastic and the destructive impact that it is having on the environment.
Our big focus for the year was our plastics festival in October, where we brought together some of the most brilliant plastics campaigners from around the world including Sylvia Earle, who inspired us all to do more.
The fabulous Meek sisters at the festival did a fantastic job of providing us further motivation, so we have been busy working with our local pubs and restaurants, persuading many of them to ditch their plastic straws. We’ve had plastic free months and ransacked the cupboard to ensure we are reducing the use of any non-recyclable containers in the kitchen.
We’ve been busy experimenting with reusable plastic bottles out travelling and talking to our partners around the world to see how we can ensure safe drinking water without reaching for bottled water.
When out and about, we’ve been picking up plastic whenever we can and joining in with beach cleanups to help tidy our shorelines.
If you’d like to get involved with the fight against plastic then a beach cleanup is a great place to start. The Marine Conservation Society run a superb campaign called Beachwatch. You can find details about their next events over on their website.
We recently took to the streets in London with a giant polar, to highlight the very serious plastic pollution problems that are now beginning to emerge in the Arctic.
The polar bear certainly got plenty of attention and hopefully made a few more people think more about their plastic use.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
We are producing nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, half of which is for single use.
Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
Predictions are that if nothing changes, by 2025 there will be 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish in the ocean.
What can we do?
- Single use plastic drinks bottles
- Plastic bags
- Plastic straws
- Food prepared in plastic packaging
Always take a reusable bag shopping
Carry a reusable water bottle