Reduce, reuse, recycle!
I've always said to people that I don't hate plastic. In fact it can be really useful. It's cheap, easy to produce, lightweight and can be formed into all manner of things. The downside is that all of those things make it a huge problem as well.
It's cheap so we use it without thinking - plastic water bottles for example. We use them once and then throw them away. Back in 2018, according to water.org.uk, we used 7.7 billion plastic water bottles. Despite us having some of the best quality drinking water in the world 1 in 3 people still buy bottled water to drink at home.
I love researching fascinating facts and came across this one website absolutely chock full of them - recyclingbins.co.uk. If anything is going to start to change the way you think about how you manage your household reusing and recycling, it's the facts in there!
Some of the ones that stuck with me are:
More than 15% of the money we spend on products pays for the packaging - most of which ends up in the dustbin. I'm pleased to be able to say that all of my packaging is reusable and recyclable - even the plastic mailing bags I use come from sugar cane.
We make and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago - Yikes! This is why we need to focus on reusable products and invest in them too before we drown under plastic.
55% of all our plastic waste ends up in landfills or the ocean which kills ocean life - it's estimated that 1,000,000 sea creatures every year are killed by bottles and carrier bags. I dare you to be hard hearted about this one. Just watch Finding Nemo and then think about it.
75% of all the aluminium ever made is still in production today because it is totally amazing at being recycled. Germany recycles 99% of all its aluminium. 72% in the UK. Buy more cans - ones not wrapped in plastic.
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over without losing quality. We recycle 50% of our glass with Switzerland and Finland reaching the heady heights of 98%. Buy more glass packaging - just don't put it in your kerbside recycling bin unless you know you can.
My Top Tips when you're thinking about reducing your plastic usage using the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle motto.
REDUCE - Do you need it? I fully confess that I love buying things, especially fabric, but now before I get click happy on the internet, I ask myself if I really do need it. I wait a few days before I hit 'Buy'.
REUSE - Is there a non plastic alternative that you can reuse over and over again? Reusable wipes, bowl covers, snack pouches and sanitary towels are all reusable and washable and can significantly reduce your and the world's amount of plastic waste.
RECYCLE - Before you buy do you know if the packaging is recyclable - or the product itself? If you're going to buy something, can you buy it in a tin and not a plastic tub (soup?) or a glass jar. Both of those are much easier and better for recycling than plastic ever will.
When you buy something from me you can rest assure that all my packaging is RECYCLABLE - even the plastic mailing bags I use are made from sugar cane and all my tape is paper.
All my products are REUSABLE - not once or twice, but over and over and over. Investing in a set of reusable face wipes, or making them from a kit, means that you significantly reduce your plastic usage and save yourself money in the long run.
Everything I sell for you to use and make means you can REDUCE your one use disposable plastic footprint.
Start taking those little steps forward and soon, all of us together can make a difference.
"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly" Ann-Marie Bonneau @zerowastechef