Many of us do not pay enough attention to plastic waste issue when we should. Why is that and how big is the issue? The staggering fact is that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050!
According to a report Waste starts with us and ends with us published by Recycle NZ that the annual amount of waste disposed to landfills will almost double within 10 years in Auckland alone! The problem starts with every single one of us, but it’s not the end of world and we can help.
1.Think and Rethink-Do you really need to wrap things up in plastic?
Unfinished bread? Salt and pepper that are stored in plastic packages? Always use cling wraps to wrap leftovers?
Let’s start with the commonly used plastic cling wraps. First, they are not so good at keeping food fresh. Second, they are single-use material, which means they will end up in landfills or oceans where it causes hard to both the environment and human health.
Your solutions already exist. Silicone bags tend to have a longer lifespan and a lower chance of leaching chemicals into food when used for food storage.
2.Ditch the single use plastic shopping bags
In the supermarkets say no to using plastic shopping bags. When dumped into the ocean, these plastic fragments release toxic chemicals which may be digested by fish and then end up in the human food chain.
Instead, resort to reusable shopping bags that are made of canvas, cotton etc.
3.Attention to Coffee Addicts Please Stop using Disposable cups
For a lot of us, a day doesn’t really start until we’ve had our first cup of coffee. A takeaway coffee cup is one of the things that we’ve taken for granted for a long time.
Nationwide, New Zealanders consume an estimate of 295 million takeaway cups every year according to The Packaging Forum. Every four paper cups manufactured produces a pound of carbon emissions and a staggering 20 million trees are cut down each year to manufacture paper cups. Instead of using paper cups, have you thought about using your own coffee mugs? These collapsible mugs are flexible and are easily cleaned with soap and boiling water, which make them a great alternative choice.
It could be quite hard to go plastic free, even for inno+ family. Don't expect to do this all overnight. It's a change in lifestyle which requires a lot of effort and time. So don't be too stressed about it, but always keep in mind about the environment for future generations. Good luck!