Did you know there are three massive islands of plastic floating in the world’s three largest oceans – the Indian, the Atlantic and the Pacific? Sadly, this plastic often ends up in the mouths of sea creatures looking for food. And because Earth is made up of 70% water, the mounting plastic epidemic is actually a catastrophe.
While global initiatives are under way to retrieve this plastic and recycle it, here’s what you can do, right at home or work, to reduce your plastic usage:
- Take plastic packets from your last trip to the shop with you next time, instead of buying new ones. You’ll save lots of money if you add up all your shopping trips.
- Use environmentally friendly shopping bags that you buy and then re-use instead of buying new bags.
- Collect your plastic bags and give them away to a charity shop, to use when they sell second-hand goods. Bounty Hunters in 4 th St, Melville, Johannesburg, is always looking for extra bags. Contact Gail at the store.
- When you go for take-away or buy coffee to go, tell the staff that you don’t need plastic cutlery. When you get home or to the office, use the normal cutlery instead.
- When you order drinks at a restaurant, the waiter usually brings a new straw every time you get a new drink. Give the new straws back and use the one from your previous drink again and again.
- Take your own dishes to the take-away joint where you buy your food, and tell them you don’t need the polystyrene. They will think you are weird, but you will make all the difference.
- Recycle all your cling wrap and re-use wherever possible.
- Try not to take plastic bottles and bags with you to the beach.
- When you’re at the beach, be a good citizen and pick up 3 pieces of rubbish whenever you are there, even if it’s not yours. Be sure to throw it away so it won’t blow back into the sea. People will see your example and may follow suit.
For more tips and tricks on reducing your plastic usage, and also what to do with glass, paper and metal, please connect with the relevant page on Tedcor’s website here.