… to the annual Marine Conservation Society PLASTIC CHALLENGE.
Single use carrier bags. The number of plastic bags found on UK beaches has fallen by 22% since a charge was first introduced five years ago. Not enough! Unfortunately, the 5p charge has been embraced at the checkout.
Plastic drink bottles. The number of these found on beaches is actually rising.
You don’t live near the sea, so what has this got to do with you? Well most of the litter that ends up on beaches did not start out at the coast. Most litter just ends up at the coast, thanks to our lovely windy weather. And most of the beach litter ends up in our oceans. I’m sure you’ve seen what chaos that is causing.
Single use plastic, throw away plastic, disposable plastic, recycleable plastic – what ever you wish to call it – it is not necessary. It is a waste of resources. It is an environmental disaster. It is a killer. Nothing should be made that cannot be used over and over again. How I long for a Circular Economy.
Yes you! Take the challenge and discover another way. A life without single use plastic is possible. It’s not hard at all. The hardest part is making the decision to embrace the lifestyle changes. Only 1000 took part in the UK in 2016. That’s pathetic. Come on! Just do it!
This will be my third year on the Plastic Challenge. Each year will get easier and easier, as I’ve fewer new challenges. But I still take the challenge in the hope of rubbing off on a a few folk. Here are a few of my previous efforts… 2015 – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 2016 – 1 2 3 4 5 6 . And a few extra bits to read: Invisible plastic particles from textiles and tyres a major source of ocean pollution. Scrub it out! Don’t Let Go!