The plastic crisis has been widely publicized, entire ‘islands’ of the material have washed up in the ocean and it’s even starting to enter the human food chain. It can take up to a thousand years for some kinds of plastics to degrade, and while some can be recycled this alone takes a lot of energy (often involving using fossil fuels) and not all types can be reused. One way we can do our bit for the environment is to use less plastic- here are a few simple ways to help out!
Stopping the use of single use plastic carrier bags is an easy change to make. All you need to do is get into the habit of bringing your own reusable ones instead. You can buy cotton reusable produce bags which are great for when you’re buying fruit and vegetables at the farmers market. You can also buy sturdy bags made from recyclable plastic, these can be used over and over again and you can find them in lots of different styles to suit your personality. Keep them in the back of your car, and grab a couple out every time you go to the shops or supermarket. Another thing you can do is keep a foldaway bag in your handbag- they’re lightweight and take up very little space, and just means you always have a spare bag ready to go even if you’re not out in the car. Think how many bags you’ll save over the course of a year, five or ten? When stories are being published almost every month about dead whales washing up on beaches with their