01 Jul 2015 15:24:26
Plastic Free July – Will you accept the challenge?
With the new social emphasis on ideas such as "paying it forward" it leaves us thinking about how we can pay it forward to the environment.
Plastic these days is seen as a disposable material that we no longer attempt to recycle, reuse or reduce our usage. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans each year not to mention the bags, straws and other plastics that pollute the land as well.
The average plastic bag is used for only 5 minutes, yet can take up to 1,000 years to break down in the environment. More than 80 species of marine wildlife found in Australian waters have been reported to have been impacted by entanglement or ingestion of plastic polluting their homes.
Plastic Free July seeks to save the land, the sea and our wildlife by asking people to avoid single-use plastic. You can either take the challenge and refuse all single-use plastic or start with the top four: bags, water bottles, straws and takeaway coffee cups.
More ways you can reduce single-use:
- Refuse over packaging
- Choose alternatives
- Use a reusable bag
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Pick up plastic litter
- Take your lunch in a reusable plastic containers
- Line your bin with newspaper instead of a plastic bag
- Look for a toothbrush and hairbrush made of wood
Find out what else you can do to help the environment.