Earlier this year, I attended a seminar on marine litter and waste plastics, run by Geoff Brighty of Plastic Oceans UK. It was quite the eye opener!
I learned that 8 to 12 tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans EVERY YEAR and due to the action of the sun and waves, this is broken down into tiny particles known as microplastics. These are often mistaken for food by marine life, not only resulting in suffering but often a slow and painful death. In addition, the toxins found in the plastic also make their way up the food chain of which we sit at the top. The screening and presentation sparked my curiosity and having subsequently watched the full version on Netflix, ignited my passion to do whatever I can to make a difference.
Plastic is so heavily integrated into modern society and in the words of our national treasure Sir David Attenborough “It’s absurd to suggest we can do totally without plastic but there are so many areas where we use plastic without a thought”. My focus has been to highlight these areas in my everyday life and look at where I can minimise my use.
Through the following small changes, I feel I am helping the environment plus spending no more than I usually would on food. With a bit of careful planning, I waste less as a result.
Meat and fish
I’ve subscribed to a monthly meat box from a local butcher. Whilst the items don't arrive in plastic-free packaging (the packaging is essential for food safety purposes), it is minimal. I am also looking into subscribing to a sustainably caught fish/seafood box delivery in the future, to reduce my meat consumption.
Fruit and vegetables
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To summarise, here are some simple changes you can make, to help make a difference:
- Use a greengrocer or subscribe to fruit/veg boxes
- Purchase milk / eggs / butter and other products from delivery services that promote reusable / recyclable packaging, such as Milk & More
- Buy meat from a butchers, such as The Meat Room
- Purchase a compost bin and Bio-degradable bags – Plenty of options online
- Purchase products from Zero Store zero-waste pop up shop
- Use reusable cups for hot drinks. I received my Bodum cup from work
- Invest in a re-usable water bottle for water on the go
I’m now starting to look into environmentally friendly alternatives with regard to clothing and toiletries. Visit the recycle-more Blog page in a few weeks time to find out more.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this weblog represent those of the author, Louise Tompkinson, and are not those of recycle-more, Valpak Limited or any other organisation.