Reuse/Recycle Your Plastic Bags, Pots, Trays and Bottles
There has been lots on the news about plastics and how they damage the environment, shops now charge for plastic bags which has cut down on waste – but there is more to be done.
Over the few decades, plastic has become part of everyday life. From bottles and bags to plastic pots, tubs and trays our lives are full of it. And so is the planet. 79% of the plastic waste ever created has ended up in our environment. We're becoming a plastic planet. But we don't have to – if we recycle.
Plastic bottles are accepted for recycling by 99% of local councils in the UK but we still only recycle 58% of our plastic bottles – that's 42% going into landfill. We only recycle 32% of the plastic pots, tubs, and trays we buy, despite these being widely collected for recycling.
If you have plastic bags, bottles, trays etc one thing you can do is try to reuse them before recycling them - this addresses the problem of single use plastic. A few things you can do that will make a significant difference to reducing plastic waste are:
- Take your own bag to the shops
- Don’t buy bottled water
- Take your own refillable coffee mug/ thermos instead of getting a takeout drink in plastic container
- Choose cardboard boxes rather than plastic bottles or bags
- Don’t use plastic straws – they are totally unnecessary
- Avoid buying cleaning or beauty products containing “polypropylene” or “polyethylene” on the ingredients list
- Don’t use disposable razors, get ones where you can replace just the blade
- Consider using cloth nappies rather than disposable ones
- Avoid using tampons with plastic applicators (go for a different brand) or explore the possibility of other options for sanitary protection like moon cups, or reusable pads
- Rethink your food storage by avoiding sandwich bags, re-use plastic zipper bags and use glass containers
Is there anything knew you can do from this list to help improve the environment?