Did you know the average plastic bag is used for 12 minutes, but essentially lasts forever?
Single-use plastics are one of the largest culprits of marine and land pollution. Think plastic bottles, straws, take-away cups, plastic utensils, plastic wraps and take away food containers.
Plastic is everywhere and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So where to start?
Many people start reducing their plastic use by shopping at bulk food stores, local markets and delicatessens.
If you're getting started, remember the 4 'Rs':
Single use items and avoid products wrapped in unnecessary plastic.
Buying products that are overly packaged, and check if they are made with recyclable content.
Pack reusable water bottles, coffee cups, produce and shopping bags when you leave the house. You can also take packaging back to be refilled where possible (many bulk food stores allow you to do this, and Shultz now offers milk in refillable glass bottles at many of its outlets).
Before throwing things in the bin, check your local council webpage to see what can be recycled instead. For items which can't be placed in your recycling bin, such as polystyrene and soft plastics, check Planet ark‘s website, #recyclingnearyou or look for your nearest REDcycle drop off point.
Although the scale of our plastic waste problem can seem scary, even the smallest actions can make a big impact.