8 million tonnes of plastic pollute our oceans every year. And the probelm gets worse as population grows. We produced more plastic this decade han in the entire last century; today the 7 billion people on our planet throw away 1 trillion plastic bags a year.
Despite our impressive innovation, technological tact and expanding economy, we still only recycle 14% of plastics globally, and are clogging the oceans which kills its creatures which we eat. If we don't change our consumer behaviour, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by weight.
It's up to us. My last two CEOs worked at a time on big business commitments to climate. Both tell woeful tales of boardrooms where NGOs pressure progress from policy, but politicians protract painfully until the people protest or participate. Basically businesses balk back, beckoning consumer comment before commiting
- and so nothing gets done.
Policy is progressing, but it is slow.
Businesses will be brought into line, but it is slow.
So we, the people, must promise to put on the pressure.
Although the issue is complex, our impact can be simple.
Stop contributing to the probem. Then share our stories.
With all the resources, innovation, technology and social space we have, we, the public, the consumer, can make a huge dent in demand and so directly diminish supply.
It's not easy, it's slightly inconvenient, but with each other's supportt here, we can instigate and inspire a wide-spreading network of environmentalists enthusiastic about saving plastic.
Commit to try, and encourage an entourage to join you!
policy with public pressure
pulling in the right direction
(plexus means network)
Of Perspicacious Planetary Patrons. And pledge to try our best to cut needless plastic out our lives and support each other on this important mission.
Join, pledge and commmit at a level to suit you:
- Avoiding single use packaging
- A complete ban on new plastic
(almost impossible so around a 90% ban)
- Cutting out coffee cups & straws
- Ditching plastic bags
- Buying only in bulk
This September, why not join us....
Month FOUR of the plastic free life! Going strong and guiding others wherever needs be :) Let's DO THIS! And #SaveOurSeas.
I pledge to purchase as little plastic or no plastic packaged products as possible. When it comes to plastic bottles and bags I've nailed it, so I pledge to expand the plastic challenge!
N O T H I N G … FEELS GROOVIER than busting a move and being a Mega PLANETARIAN dude for the one MOTHER LIGHT and LOVE that IS the EARTH baby! So September ..my To-Do and my To-Don’t List….
Here I coooooome!!! I have my trusted granny trolley for shopping, gonna do the local rounds for fruit and veg, no buying water no more, bulk up on washing detergent, Razors from Animal Aid ! Will start making B.O. Basher for sure! and defo gonna get me that bamboo too!
My pledge is to reduce my plastic footprint down to as little plastic as deemed possible. No more plastic bags.......Bag for life here i come !!!!
My pledge is to avoid all single use packaging and reduce my footprint! - Buy stainless steel/glass filtered water bottle, coffee cup and containers to eliminate all single use plastic bottles, coffee cups and plastic food containers, as well as straws and plastic bags when on the go - Buy more produce in bulk or in paper bags, tins or jars from local groceries, and source locally grown products where possible
I'll aim to go as close to 100% plastic-free as possible and start implementing changes now! It'll take time but pledging is a start!
To minimise my plastic consumption as much as possible. I already cut out plastic bags and buy my veggies without packaging. Now I want to try and cut plastic out of the rest of my daily routine (cosmetics etc).
Drive the hemp into the plastic industry. to educate on the effects of plastic to our environment. to encourage ethical consumer purchases away from plastic for self and others.
Avoiding plastic packaging all together. Buying fruit and vegetables from markets or loose. Bamboo toothbrush! Reusable water bottle.... Research too.
I pledge to ditch plastic bags, To cut out plastic cups and straws, avoidsingle use packaging and try my hardest to avoid plastic all together. It is terrible for all. I just hope everyone realises this soon. This is the way!
For the month of August, we had the awesome...
Cutting out pretty much, super almost, all the plastic ever. I won't get plastic wrapped snack from supermarkets, no salads, sandwiches. No plastic bags. Still trying to remember to skirt every straw bar people try to throw at me. Completely cut out plastic cupboard items - tins, jars and fresh is getting me through the week fine. I accidentally bought some drawing pens the other day though.
A real inspirational young woman, and funny as hell. Has been preparing for a couple of weeks now and got a low carbon toothbrush, all the devilishly cunning cutlery and storage devices known to mankind, and is only a bit apprehensive about food choices.
An absolute diamond goddess of a yogini. Has been cutting down on everything from individual incense sticks to the amount of plastic bags she picks. Will begin to transmute away from plastic altogether.
An awesomely environmental and ethical overseas amigo. Looking into opening his own bulk buy effort in Bristol, cutting down on plastics is a natural choice!
Okay I can committed to cutting down on plastic. By buying my fruit & veg from the market & not a supermarket chain, I am helping a local business & saving the world. One plastic bag at a time!
I, Vanessa Bridgman, solemly swear to not use any Single Use Plastic for the whole month of August!
I HATE SINGLE use plastic. to me its the most frustrating development of human behaviour. we are becoming more lazy and reliant on convenience products which are all to often disposable and it needs to change. I love my metal drink flask, my lunchbox and my local fruit and veg shop. I still lapse occasionally but i'm determined to fully change my lifestyle. I want to be part of this plastic free team.
Earthling and sea lover in the midst of a lifestyle overhaul by bulk buying, fresh fruiting, wooden toothbrush using, refilling, plastic bag avoiding, coffee cup eschewing, Mooncup embracing. It's time to take serious steps from the less convenient towards the conscientious. Let's make our planet a greener, cleaner place!
After living on a remote island in the south china sea and doing beach cleans daily, it really opened my eyes to the amount of crap washing up on the beaches. black tip reef sharks washing up on the shore in old forgotten fishing nets, needles, syringes.. but mostly bottles thrown into the water for "new beginnings" the saddest part of it was in the marine park. the crap from the island. mainly food, tea bags and some plastics were getting dumped back in the ocean instead of being taken to
I don’t use much plastic! but I would like to test myself and see how much exactly I can live without in one month! might collect all my rubbish and see how little waste I make!
I pledge to take the next step to cutting even more planet destroying plastic out of my life. Finding new routines and new alternatives for a more natural and earthly harmonic existence!
Devastated by the effect plastic is having on the natural world......the change is easy, a return to basics and ancestral values. Bring your own bag and buy from local markets the produce grown with love that isnt dripping with pesticides. Grow your own if you can and be conscious of your personal impact on this beautiful planet. Always! Love. C.
I don't like you though this is for the planet.
No reusable plastic.
(I think he means, no non-reusable plastic)
hints & tips
hints & tips
straws & cutlery
From bags and storage to bamboo sporks, boobalou has some conscientious contraption to help. I got an epic little bamboo spork from here for £2. And they offer the option of plastic free, paper packaging.
Almost every office in the UK has a disturbingly large store of old worn out tupperware in some secret cupboard. So do Grandmas. It's strangely edifying collecting a mish-mash of sizes and shapes to store your sustenance. And saves any new packaging from finding its way into the oceans.
I've also been washing plastic bags and reusing them too.
Disasterous disposeable razors end up incinerated, in landfil or floating in the sea. Preserve is a US company tthat specialises in cosmetic tools made from 100% recycled yoghurt cups.
Buy one from the Animal Aid website here in the UK:
Ok so make-up is pretty hard. Near on impossible without making it at home yourself. Buy best optionsinstead and recycle the packaging. Green People are an organic, UK based cosmetic company endorsed by the Soil Association who never test on animals. And some of their products come in card storage.
Soapnuts sells cruelty-free, organic sustainable products produced in the UK. Their deoderant is lovely, and in a glass jar. Though there is a plastic lid, so you can reuse the jar later to make your own deoderant.
Ingredients: Baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, essential oils
Recipie: Mix away until it reaches your preferred consistency.
It's not so hard. Avoid sandwiches, salads and sudden urges from supermarkets. Instead pack some fruit and nuts or visit the fresh aisles for edibles.
To stock up the cupboards and fridge search for your local 'whole food' shop using the internet and find retailers that sell bulk beans, pulses, nuts, vegetables and go fill up some old tupperware. Fair Shares in Elephand & Castle is GREAT, cheap, fun and deliciously less convenient.
Stopping snacking isn't necessay, just get innovative. Fry up some bananas, or grill some aubergine, oven some brocolli and take it for later. I've been whipping up hummus like there's no tomorrow and eating with bakery bread or carrots.
Also, there are dirty, great big bags of nuts and dried fruits here. They tend to come organic and wrapped almost entirely in aluminium.
Avoiding a lifettime of plastic toothbrush disposal is easy. There's a zero-waste, carbon neutral bamboo toothbrush available on the market, and Preserve also make recycled plastic yoghurt cup toothbrushes too.
Ingredients: Baking soda, pinch of salf, coconut oil, mint essential oil
Check out the local whole food shop where you can refill your ecover washing up liquid, soaps, sprays and laundry liquids.
Or buy organic, vegan, biodegradable, sustainable and hypoallergenic soap nut fruits for natural laundry washing that is free from synthetics and toxic ingredients.