Our Saturday independent columnist, Observer, frets over the use of single-use plastic and wonders if readers can pass on tips to cut usage.
Many of you, like me, will be increasingly alarmed about contamination caused by plastic.
The product has so many uses but as individuals the focus has to be on what we can do about our consumption of single-life plastic; usually associated with food or drinks.
Each single act of cutting back is a drop in the ocean (pun intended) but we must all make a start somewhere.
This week’s headline on UckfieldNews that 70% of UK tap water was contaminated with plastic fibres was shocking.
You have probably seen TV film of whales mistaking floating plastic for food and reports that such items are ending up in the Arctic.
There have been many such examples in recent months.
No doubt, there will be more to come.
Kicking the habit
It is going to be hard to ditch the plastic habit overnight.
If you shop in a supermarket, much of the food we buy, for example, comes wrapped in plastic; some of it unnecessarily so.
In Observer’s household, recycling of plastic has been something of a religion.
However, it was a blow to learn a few months back that some items, such as the black food trays for supermarket meat etc – were not recyclable.
Other questions being asked here include:
- Do you really need to put cling film on that?
- Why don’t you get a reusable personal cup to use when buying takeaway drinks from High Street shops?
- Why have you bought a single-use bottle of water?
Plastic straws are a thing of the past, oven-ready meals are now frowned on (but still eaten for the sake of convenience) but we are a long way from “packing in plastic”.
We as a household and we as a nation have a very long way to go.
What are you doing?
What are you doing in your household to reduce consumption of single-use plastic?
Sharing good ideas will help nudge the debate over plastic further in the right direction.
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