Today is World Oceans Day and the focus is on keeping our oceans plastic free. This is an issue which has received a lot of media attention lately with some pretty shocking photos and videos of affected marine life.
Here is some key information on the damaging effects of plastic pollution and what individuals and businesses can do to help be a part of the solution to this problem:
There are also lots of other useful resources that you can watch or download on the World Oceans Day website.
I have personally and professionally made some changes to the types of products which I buy to reduce my plastic footprint and also recycle empties that can be recycled and sometimes reuse them as well. For example, I have stopped using cleaning and cosmetic wipes (which are not biodegradeable and contain plastic) and switched those for cleaning cloths and reuseable, washable cotton pads. I have also stopped buying plastic cotton buds and now use those with the wooden stick. I also have a few reuseable water bottles and use resuseable shopping bags. My point is, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce your plastic footprint. I sat down and did a mini audit by simply making a list of items I used personally and professionally and whether I could use an alternative product.
Ten Ways To Rise Above Plastics
Here are ten easy things you can do to reduce your 'plastic footprint' and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:
- Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water.
- Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other 'disposable' plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your bag.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them. A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
- Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
- Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
- Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup.
- Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!
Source: Surfrider Foundation
With regards to the products I use in my therapy business, I am happy to say that Neal's Yard Remedies have a strong and clear policy on plastic pollution.
You can find further information on Neal's Yard Remedies committment to reducing plastic pollution here.
Well, that's all for now, I hope this post has been of some inspired action to you, have a great weekend
Until next time