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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:

480

970

690

750

870

1010

 

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!

 

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