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Want to start reducing your household waste but don’t know where to start? Fed up with finding out how your recycling hasn’t been going where you thought? Want to start doing your bit for the environment? Trying to reduce your household costs? Well you’re in the right place. Here we provide alternatives and tips that will can not only help reduce how much you spend in the long run, but also help to reduce your waste and impact on the environment.
‘Zero waste’ is a phrase getting thrown about a lot nowadays, and for good reason. Yes, sometimes plastic is necessary. For example, those with an extreme allergy may need to know their ingredients haven’t been cross contaminated. It’s all about eliminating the unnecessary plastic in your life. Plastic bags are used for 12-15 minutes on average, but they can take 100-300 years to fragment. Why not use a cloth bag? Why should apples and oranges need to be wrapped in plastic when they have a natural outer skin to protect from organisms? Why do your dry goods need to come wrapped in plastic?
Here are the main reasons why reducing your waste is essential.
For the Environment:
I’m sure many of you have seen the BBC documentary ‘War on Plastics’, or have heard in the media how people need to start reducing their waste. This is because we are very quickly destroying our environment.
Our plastic industry is one of the key factors accelerating climate change
Plastic production makes up 5% of our greenhouse gas emissions, and plastics have been found to also leach greenhouse gases once produced. Additionally, the chemicals from fossil fuel production are used to make more than 99% of plastics.
A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment, slowly fragmenting into smaller microplastics, but they never totally biodegrade and disappear.
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans
Plastics consistently make up to 60-90% of all marine debris studied
Approximately 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK alone
Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% marine turtles, 59% whales, 36% seals and 40% seabird species examined
100,000 marine mammals and turtles, and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually
If that’s not bad enough, ocean plastic has now been found to be releasing methane – a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.
1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now contains plastic.
In seawater plastic absorbs chemicals such as PB’s and DDT’s =, that have been linked to some cancers and endocrine disruption. And they accumulate up the food chain, meaning humans consume some of the highest concentrations.
Why should you be drinking plastic?
Studies have found around 83% global samples to be contaminated with plastic fibres, with the UK having an astonishing 72% contamination in tap water.
Think again when you think that bottled water might be better for you - microplastics have been found in 90% of bottled water. Researchers have found levels of plastic fibres in popular water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water.
£20 billion worth of food is waste in the UK ANNUALLY, equating to around 10.2 million tonnes. For household food waste only, the food waste is reported as 7.1 million tonnes.
The average UK household throws away £810 food waste on average PER YEAR.
Think of what you could have used this money for instead?!
Want to cut your costs? Just pay for what you need. Want to buy 4g oregano? Want to buy 687g pasta? Want 8.9L laundry detergent? Well you can now, without buying all the extra packaging at the same time.