Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic make its way into our ocean every year. Plastic is used in many day-to-day products including: packaging, textiles, and building and construction.
Unfortunately, around 1.2 million tonnes of plastic packaging are consumed within UK households every year but only approximately 45% are then recycled. It can be very hard to avoid throw-away plastic, however there are many minor changes we can all make to lower the levels of plastic entering our seas.
Some of these changes that can be made:
- Lowering levels of plastic bottles or takeaway containers bought by using a reusable bottle or mug
- Trying to use reusable bags when shopping
- Lower use of plastic straws
- Consuming beauty products that do not contain micro-beads
If plastic use is unavoidable, why not try to recycle by using green bins and recycling banks.
If you have ever wondered how much plastic you use in a year, follow this link to find out your plastic footprint with Greenpeace: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/content/plastics-calculator-v1?source=fp&subsource=fp33secsplasticscalc3&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=fp&utm_campaign=fp33secsplasticscalc3
Here are the numbers we got:
It’s easy to overlook the amount of plastic you consume, but when calculated together it can often be an overwhelming amount! Why not try to keep a tally of the items you use to try and bring down your score, we certainly will be!