Make a Difference By Adopting These Easy Ways to Stop Using One-Use Plastic
It’s no secret that the world and our oceans are awash with plastic waste. It’s destroying our marine and bird life, and humans are eradicating flora and fauna faster than we can re-plant it. The cost of the humble plastic bag is not just in the resulting waste which takes 1000 years to decompose, but also in the energy and materials to create it in the first place.
In NZ, supermarkets are banning use of plastic bags in an effort to reduce wastage. Following in the steps of cities like Delhi and Bangalore and a number of European countries, we are lagging behind the rest of the world in the need to reduce waste.
Take Ownership of Your Waste
High income countries create more waste than developing countries. In NZ, we produce 4.31 gha (global hectares) of rubbish per person per year. At this rate, we need 2.5 earths to sustain our existing demands. Comparatively, India’s rate is 0.9 gha per person.
We need to consume less, and recycle more. You can make a difference, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Every Bag Counts
Buy reusable bags. Store them in the car. Start your shopping list with ‘bags’ and once you’ve unpacked your groceries, hang the bags on your door handle so you remember to put them in the car again next time you leave. If you forget to take the bags into the supermarket, simply take the trolley or basket out to your car and fill the bags there. Easy! You’ve just saved plastic from the landfill.
Other Single-Use Plastic Items to Remove