Advice
|20 Apr|3 mins

4 Easy ways you can help reduce plastic pollution

Plastic straws – who needs ‘em anyway?!
Laura Collins
20 Apr
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April 22nd is Earth Day, and the focus is on educating everyone about the dangers of plastic pollution. In case you’re not up to speed, here’s a scary fact: pretty much every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some shape or form, because most isn’t biodegradable. That means all that waste can sit around – or float in the ocean – for thousands of years. On top of that, 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. It all adds up to a lot of trouble for Mother Earth. But there are some super easy things that you can do to lend a hand.

SAY NO TO STRAWS: 500 million plastic straws are used every day... and that’s just in America. Only in recent decades have people come to expect a straw in their drink, but these single-use pieces of plastic are pretty unnecessary when you think about it. Although some food and drink venues are beginning to catch on, you can do your part by saying no to a straw when you order a drink.

Advice
|20 Apr|3 mins

4 Easy ways you can help reduce plastic pollution

Plastic straws – who needs ‘em anyway?!
Laura Collins
20 Apr
Share:

April 22nd is Earth Day, and the focus is on educating everyone about the dangers of plastic pollution. In case you’re not up to speed, here’s a scary fact: pretty much every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some shape or form, because most isn’t biodegradable. That means all that waste can sit around – or float in the ocean – for thousands of years. On top of that, 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. It all adds up to a lot of trouble for Mother Earth. But there are some super easy things that you can do to lend a hand.

SAY NO TO STRAWS: 500 million plastic straws are used every day... and that’s just in America. Only in recent decades have people come to expect a straw in their drink, but these single-use pieces of plastic are pretty unnecessary when you think about it. Although some food and drink venues are beginning to catch on, you can do your part by saying no to a straw when you order a drink.

DITCH PLASTIC BOTTLES: Every year, almost 20 billion plastic bottles are thrown away. Every minute, another million plastic bottles are purchased across the globe. Crazy, huh? It’s even worse when you realise that only a small percentage of those bottles end up being recycled. Invest in a reusable water bottle, like one from S’well, instead.

BYO BAG: Australian supermarkets have made some positive steps toward reducing the amount of plastic bags used by shoppers. But almost two million plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute so the best thing you can do is bring your own reusable bag when grocery shopping. By trying to leave the supermarket with as little plastic as possible, you’ll be surprised to see how much you usually would take home. Reuse small plastic containers or jam jars for your dried fruit and nuts, skip the vegetable bags and cart your groceries home in a chic market bag. We like this one and this one.

BE BEAUTY CONSCIOUS: We all wanna have baby soft skin, but real talk: there’s more microplastic – those tiny, scrubby beads that appear in many of our fave beauty buys – in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. WTH. The beads are too small to be picked up by the filters at water-treatment plants, so they slip through to our waterways where marine life often mistake them for food. Use natural exfoliants like oats, sugar or baking soda instead.

To see what steps we're taking to improve our environmental impact, read Our Social and Environmental Responsibility.

Laura Collins
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