Is Your Office Going Plastic Free This Summer?
Have you ever tried to cut plastic out of your life, or reduce the amount of plastic waste you create at home and at work? Either way you might want to try out the Plastic Free July challenge in your home, or increase the impact by introducing the challenge to your workplace?
What Is The Plastic Free July Challenge?
The aim is to refuse single use plastic items throughout the month of July and hopefully beyond, it’s quite a task which is why we’re bringing it up now. Are you up for the challenge? What impact do you think you could have?
You have a while to think about it, get organised and prepare yourself and your plastic free colleagues. This myth busting blog about living a plastic free life has some good tips that you can share around.
You might also want to check out Jerry water bottles, ‘There is currently a plastics patch 6 times the size of England floating in the pacific, where plastic outweighs plankton by 6:1. If we carry on, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.’ That’s a pretty good reason for us to reduce our plastic use and encourage our friends, family and colleagues to cut down too.
There are new products popping up all the time that aim to reduce waste and raise awareness. In case you missed it Ooho have created an ‘edible water bottle’ that is cheaper to produce than plastic bottles and chemists have worked out how to turn plastic into liquid fuel which could really help to reduce global plastic pollution, read more here.
The Seabin Project and The Sea Chair are effective ways of raising awareness whilst cleaning up the oceans. When forward thinking innovative companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX are talking about recycling rockets, I’m sure we can up our recycling and reuse game a bit in our companies too.
Cleaning Up Our Oceans
Every day we read stories that alert us to how plastic is killing the wildlife in our oceans and generally causing a nuisance, only yesterday I saw a video of a fisherman diving off a boat to cut a turtle free as it was trapped in a plastic bag and struggling to swim.
Given how big our oceans are and how much plastic is floating around in them it can feel like it would be a never ending task to clean it up. I mean keeping the house and the office spick and span can feel pretty daunting at times, so imagine the task of cleaning up the ocean.
The very least we can do is stop adding to the mess by keeping plastic out of our oceans and raising awareness of the huge problems it causes.
It’s easy to feel bogged down with all the statistics but there are so many organisations running amazing projects to reduce ocean waste that if enough of us join in and work together I think we can make a real difference for future generations. Especially if we not only reduce our own impact but encourage others to by setting challenges in our homes, offices and communities.
As the Dalai Lama put it ‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.’
A Plastic Ocean
If you haven’t heard of the documentary film called A Plastic Ocean, you might want to watch this trailer.
‘In A Plastic Ocean, Craig and Tanya investigate how plastics enter the environment and affect wildlife and human health. They join expeditions by world-leading scientists, diving to the bottom of the ocean, visiting first-world countries as well as the remotest island communities blighted by excesses of waste. Most importantly, they share solutions that are real and practical. The film will make you aware, present optimistic choices and, we hope, incite social and political action.’
As we can read in this article, Business-led land-based solutions to marine debris:
‘Healthy oceans are key to a healthy planet and healthy people. Oceans generate at least half of the oxygen we breathe, help regulate our climate, and are one of the Earth’s largest carbon sinks. But oceans are in danger. Plastic debris is one of the most serious problems affecting the marine environment. Recent estimates indicate that at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean every year. Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.’
Summer Festivals Aim To Reduce Their Environmental Impact
It’s great to see that lots of UK based festivals are following in Glastonbury’s footsteps by trying their best to be as kind to the environment as possible, take a look at some of their festival waste reduction and recycling ideas, from stainless steel water bottles to compostable plates and cuttlery.
I find the work Glastonbury festival does inspiring, by constantly working to reuse and recycle more and create less waste, while creating such a fabulous festival, they set such a good example for organisations big and small to follow.
I hope that going plastic free and reusing what we can rather than always buying new gathers even more momentum in the future and encourages us all to think about the waste we create and better ways to manage it.
If you’re going plastic free this year and you come up with ideas that might help others please let me know, I’d love to share your tips and advice, good luck!
Thanks for reading
Bough to Beauty Bespoke
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