The world is finally waking up to the plastics epidemic. Defined as ‘items that are designed to be used only once before being thrown away or recycled’, single-use plastics epitomise our society’s throwaway culture and pose a significant threat to the planet as we know it. Since just 9 percent of the world’s plastic is recycled, most of it ends up in landfill, the environment, and oceans and waterways. Once there, it does not biodegrade - instead, it takes thousands of years to decompose, posing a danger to our wildlife and polluting nature. Despite increasing awareness of the dangers of single-use plastics, production continues to increase year by year, and unless we all take immediate action it is estimated that the amount of plastic in the ocean will triple within a decade - and eventually outweigh the number of fish. Thankfully, we can all do something about it by committing to quitting single-use products!
We’ve all been tempted by the convenience of a plastic set of cutlery with our noodles, or straw with our smoothie - but now is the time to suck it up and say no. Part of committing to reducing plastic waste is realising that everything makes a difference, as insignificant as it may seem. Invest in a reusable set of wooden cutlery that you can take with you to work, to a picnic, or anytime planning on buying a takeaway meal. And on that note, maybe try opting to ‘eat in’ a little more often. At home, be vigilant with your recycling, and support establishments that do the same!
Cutting down on your consumption of single-use plastics is all about being prepared. There are so many fantastic BYO products out there that won’t harm the earth. Take one of JOCO’s beautiful reusable coffee cups along to your next coffee stop, or an eco-friendly Bamboo Straw for your next trip to the juice bar. One million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute - let’s help reduce the amount going to landfill by simply packing our own water bottles everywhere we go! And no matter how many times you’ve heard it, bringing your own eco-friendly, reusable shopping bag such as this Market Bag is the only way to keep dangerous plastic bags out of our waterways and away from our wildlife!
Education is vital to making informed decisions on environmental issues. Share this information with friends and family, and together we can work towards a world without single-use plastics!