In the UK we’re all used to supermarket carrier bag charges and have become much better at reusing our bags or using our own shopping bags. But the issue of single use plastic is much bigger than carrier bags alone.
Platstic is one of the most persistent synthetic materials in existence and we use and dispose of tonnes of it every day. Most of the plastic that has ever been produced is still in existence today unless it has been incinerated. It causes harm to the environment and is a major marine pollutant.
The Marine Conservation Society has set up a challenge for people to go without single use plastic for a month and many people have accepted the challenge. We don’t realise the sheer volume of products that contain plastic that we use once and throw away without even thinking about it. For example, most tea-bags contain plastics, a lot of the food we buy comes in plastic wrapping, while huge numbers of people drink bottled water.
So, what can we do?
For starters we can drink tap water instead of bottled water and put loose vegetables into our shopping bags instead of buying plastic-wrapped packs.
We don’t believe that we will be able to do without plastic entirely for the whole of June, but hopefully we will reduce the amount of plastic we dispose of and change our habits.
Why not join us for a no plastic June?
For more information, please click here: https://www.mcsuk.org/plasticchallenge/index.php/