Everyone’s concerned about the plastic polluting our oceans, damaging our wildlife and littering our open spaces. Giving up plastic cups might seem a small thing, but when a billion people make that decision … that’s global change. Here are nine great ways you can reduce plastic waste (also see my article Think Your Plastic-Free Life Won’t Make a Difference?):
- Carry your own drink bottle (and cups). Reduce plastic waste every time you’re feeling thirsty.
- Support the Ocean Cleanup Project. The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid world’s oceans of plastic. A full-scale deployment of the systems is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.
- Say “no” to single-use plastic. Stop using any of these, or even reduce how much you use and you will be helping to reduce plastic waste: cotton buds (cotton swabs, but Q-Tips contain no plastic), cutlery, plates, straws & stirrers, sticks for balloons and balloons, food containers, beverage containers, cigarette butts, bags, crisp packets/sweet wrappers, wet wipes and sanitary items. Find out more.
- Upcycle it. Creative people are making new things from used plastic. Like Dave Hakkens. Also support Recyclart, who turn waste plastic into all sorts of interesting things.
- Reduce plastic waste by buying products that use ocean plastic.
- Support WEF’s Loop Alliance. The Loop Alliance supports responsible consumption to end our dependence on disposability and eliminate the idea of waste. Partners include The Body Shop, Carrefour, Clorox Company, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, TerraCycle, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and UPS.
- Take the Greenpeace Plastics Pledge to reduce plastic waste.
- Use compostable alternatives. New non-fossil fuel ‘bio’ plastics are being invented all the time.
- Give your kids wooden and plastic-free toys.Wood is a beautiful, natural and sustainable material that can be repaired, reused and re-purposed, and – unlike most plastic – biodegrades back to Nature.