Lessons From The 80’s – Say No To Single Use Plastic
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Some of the most important life lessons to take away from school in the 80’s were to always follow the green cross code, to avoid smashing windows when playing ball games (if you did you’d be paying it off ‘for the rest of your days’), not to drop litter in the street (you could be locked up for that kind of thing) and whatever you did never swallow Hubba Bubba or apple pips – for fear of a tree growing inside your stomach. The rules were simple.
Litter & Recycling
It’s an important part of life cleaning up after ourselves and looking back I can see why it was treated as such an important lesson. It really is such a big deal and impacts on everyone.
Even when we’re doing our bit, sorting our rubbish and putting every piece of litter we create in the appropriate bin (glass, paper, plastic recycling, compost), whether at home, work or out and about, the rubbish in all those bins, created by all of us, has to be disposed of. Hopefully in a way that’s kind to the planet and that doesn’t end in landfill or our oceans.
Plastic Problems For People And Planet
Unfortunately, as we all know, a lot of people use a lot of plastic and plastics are particularly difficult to dispose of and create huge problems for people and planet. We also probably know the following shocking facts, but just to reiterate…
Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
It’s not all doom and gloom for future generations though, as now we’ve addressed the problems with plastics we can start to create planet friendly plastic reducing solutions, that’s what we’re talking about, yeah!
Plastic Free July Challenge
Lou and I did the Plastic Free July Challenge where you try not to use any plastic for the month of July. It was an eye opener and we’ve been very conscious about cutting down on plastic use since! Read about our experience of the challenge here.
Sure enough, plenty of people are doing just that, thinking up fab innovative ways to get rid of planet polluting plastics and replace them with planet friendly alternatives that make our everyday lives that little bit greener! These are some of my favourites:
I’d love to hear about your ideas and hear what you think of the above!
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Vix & Lou
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