How much plastic do you use? Try making a list of all the plastic you have used or purchased this week and it might surprise you. Eventually, all of this plastic will probably end up in the bin, eventually causing harm to our environment.
Following the recent news stories, as well as David Attenborough’s plea to the human race to cut down on plastic, it seems people are beginning to listen and become more conscious of how much plastic they use. But, could you go plastic free?
More and more people are challenging themselves to go plastic free for one week, meaning they mustn’t buy anything that contains plastic for one week only, which is surprisingly very tricky when you consider how much of your weekly shop is contained in plastic. It is even thought that fish contain plastic micro particles, due to the amount of plastic polluting our oceans!
There are however some simple changes you can make to massively cut down on the plastic you use. Switch your plastic bag for life to a canvas one for a sturdier alternative to plastic. When it comes to your actual food, eggs are about the only thing that aren’t packaged in plastic! Bread, meat and milk are mostly all packaged in plastic.
Currently, there aren’t many ways to get around this. However, the government are in talks to create plastic free aisles in supermarkets where all the food will be packed in non-plastic packaging. It is presumed that meat would have to be contained in foil wrapping and bread in paper bags rather than plastic ones.
Iceland plan to ban plastic
Supermarket chain, Iceland, have vowed that by 2023, they will have eliminated or drastically reduced the plastic packaging of their own brand products.
Currently, it is very hard to even comprehend how you would do your weekly shop without purchasing any plastic packaged products, but Iceland have a plan to swap plastic packaging for paper trays. Paper is currently used for items such as egg boxes but Iceland are making plans for this type of packaging to be used on other foods.
One of the most toxic plastics is actually used for the black plastic tray that packages ready meals which Iceland hopes to switch for a more sustainable material. Another simple swap would be from plastic bags which hold fruit and vegetables to string bags, similar to the ones that hold oranges.
Why not challenge yourself to buying no plastic on your next food shop?
To support the Prime Minister's plan to end the plastic scourge, SodaStream has decided to arm the UK with an alternative to disposable plastic bottles. The deal is nationwide and there are 10,000 units available on a first-come-first-served basis, via the SodaStream website.