Here at Zola we like to jump on the opportunity to talk to you about current issues. Following up on some of our recent articles we wanted to talk a little more about our use of plastic.
On Monday night The One Show had a special episode in the BBC studios surrounded by plastic waste collected on beaches by volunteers. Joined by experts and the Environment Secretary Michael Gove they discussed how the government will tackle the problem as well as what we can do ourselves as citizens. If you missed it, you can find the episode here.
During the show a very striking video (watch it here) was shown of a tourist and his go-pro, scuba-diving in Asia surrounded by floating plastic. It is absolutely shocking that the invention of plastic just over 100 years ago has already had such an impact on our planet. It is time we find solutions.
Another interesting fact was that the timescale of a 25 year plan focused on environment, set up by the government, will take us to 2042! The environment cannot wait that long for considerable changes to be made and it is up to us, to make sure we all do our best and change our habits as quickly as possible.
Here are already 8 easy things you can do to reduce your plastic consumption :
- Carry a reusable shopping bag
- Say no to plastic straws and plastic cutlery
- Carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup
- Reduce your food packaging : if you have a bulk store near you, great! Otherwise just try to buy non plastic wrapped products in cardboard, glass or metal containers.
- Avoid cosmetic products containing microbeads: they cannot be filtered through and end up in the ocean. The fish will eat them and don’t forget we eat the fish!
- Buy fashion responsively
- Pack your lunch in glass or stainless steel containers
- If it’s plastic : think twice. It’s ok to say no.
Finally the last thing you can do is make sure you recycle properly. If you feel it’s a little fuzzy and need more information we found this link which might help you. If unsure you simply search for the item and it will give you clear instrustions on how to recycle it.
Now time for a challenge : Here at Zola we tried going one week without buying any plastic and were shocked on how difficult it was. If you feel up for it, why not give it a go and let us know how you get on?