The development and use of plastic has been around for hundreds of years and I imagine, when first used on an industrial scale, it was seen as one of the most fantastic developments to happen worldwide. You can read a timeline of the development of plastic that dates right back to 1284 by clicking here.
But now what? Now how do we look as plastic? Right now our world is in a sorry state with billions of bits the stuff floating about in our oceans and quite frankly, ruining our planet. And as humans we are the only people who can make a change. Over 50% of the plastic we use is used just once, and then thrown away. We are the only people who can reduce the amount of single use plastic that we use and reduce the amount of plastic that is being littered into our seas damaging the marine life that we all love and care about so much.
This isn’t a “telling off” and it isn’t to say that everybody in the world couldn’t do more either. What it is, is a bid to give you some really easy and practical steps to help reduce your single use plastic consumption and make a small effort that will go a long way in helping our planet. If you are currently watching (and I’m sure you are) BBC’s Blue Planet 2 then you will often hear David Attenborough talking us through the issues surrounding our oceans right now. We NEED to make change and we need to do it now. Here is a recent article from the BBC showing the scary statistics surrounding our “plastic planet” A Plastic Planet (BBC Article)
However, we are often told in life what’s good and what’s bad but we’re not always told exactly how we can make a change. Often we are left wanting to help but we don’t know how. We want to do our bit but we’re not sure where to start.
Thankfully for all of us we have people like my good friend Lizzie Daly on hand to give us some fantastic information and easy to implement ideas. Confusion no more!
Here are Lizzie’s top tips for living without single-use plastics: (and if you haven’t already recognised this lovely lady from wildlife and children’s BBC programmes you can view more about Lizzie by clicking here.)
Some really great points there and nothing that’s difficult to implant either I’m sure you will agree!
Did you know that plastic bags recorded on U.K beaches has gone down by 22% since the charges on them were introduced back in 2011? But really, it’s down to us. It’s down to us to live a little more consciously with our actions and think are we really doing the simple thing’s like those Lizzie said in the video that can make a very big difference. The Marine Conservation Society have written a wonderful article on our plastic and if you want more than 5 simple steps they have 20+ steps that you can incorporate into your life to help. The article can be found here.
So where can you find reusable items for every day use like coffee cups? Pretty much anywhere and everywhere sells reusable goods so they really aren’t difficult items to get hold of.
Here is a really cool collapsable and reusable coffee cup that seems to be very popular at the moment:
“But Ed, I love drinking through a straw!”
No worries, the link to some fantastic reusable straws can be found by hitting this link: Reusable Washable NON-TOXIC Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4 (including a straw clean brush).
And a simple search on something like Amazon will yield hundreds of results for all sorts of reusable and planet-friendly items that we can add into our lives with little ease or expense.
I know that a lot of people think that they won’t make a difference by doing a little bit. But imagine everyone did a little bit, that would add up to a huge impact, one that is literally going to change the future for our children and the wildlife we share the earth with.
And if you’d like to see some worrying pictures that have been reported in the news lately about the state of our plastic planet, just look at these:
The Caribbean: CAROLINE POWER PHOTOGRAPHY
The Caribbean: CAROLINE POWER PHOTOGRAPHY
Sewage Surfer, Indonesia: JUSTIN HOFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
So, I really hope you watch Lizzie’s video and see how easy it is to make simple swaps in your day to day life that can really help the planet.
If you’ve got any comments, questions, stories or photographs you’d like to share on the subject then please leave a comment and if you think this article will help your friends and family think about single-use plastic a little differently then feel free to share this post.
As always, thanks for reading!