EU votes on banning single use Plastic
Can the EU go further and ban all plastic?? What can you do to make a contribution, and reduce your use of plastic. Most of us don't realise how much plastic we use on a daily weekly basis.
As public anger grows about the environmental impact of single use plastic, trying to live plastic-free and more sustainably has become a mainstream movement. It is easy to replace plastic shopping bags with a recycable materials or a lifetime bag. But how easy would it be to replace everything else that comes wrapped in plastic.
Only last week, I was looking around our house and I pointed out to my wife that all of the toys and most of our children's accessories are made of plastic. Do we take all this stuff away and bin it? How would the kids react......I think at first they would be upset, but then kids get used to something new pretty easily, kids are adaptable.
Besides, I think kids have too much stuff!! From my experience it doesn't make them any happier, the more stuff they have.....so if we did dump all of their plastic toys, I think in time they would be better off and probably find something else to do. Friends of the earth have a campaign which talks about the problem of plastic and what it is doing to our environment and also ways that we can reduce our plastic use.
There are some immediate steps that you can take now to reduce your use of plastic:
Use a reusable water bottle
Plastic bottles are the second most common single-use plastic polluting the planet today.
Carry a reusable coffee cup
Now most coffee shops offer reusable cups, but still 99% of takeaway coffee cups are not recycled
Switch to solid soaps
Liquid soaps and handwash can be one of the biggest sources of household plastic waste.
Say No to disposable cutlery
The EU plans to ban single-use cutlery, plates, straws, cotton buds, drink straws and balloon sticks
Brush with bamboo brushes and toothbrushes
Hairbrushes and toothbrushes now come as biodegradable options