Has your New Year resolution turned into a distant memory? Most people start of the year with lots of good intentions of making some sort of change….but we don’t have to wait till 1 January to resolve to “do better” we can make the pledge today.
Here is a pledge that you can make which will have a huge impact on the world.
“I promise to ditch the single use plastic!”
Did you know
Plastic straws don’t get recycled. Straws seem like no big deal, because they are so small, but 500 million per day really adds up, especially when you consider that straws do not get recycled! Most are made from Polypropylene (plastic #5) which is low quality plastic that is most commonly used as yogurt containers, butter tubs and other food items.
Buy a paper straw here: PaperStraw
So if they can’t get recycled where do they end up?
Plastic constitutes 90% of all trash floating in our oceans.
#RefuseTheStraw in 2018
Looking for a stainless steel straw? Buy one here: Stainless Steel Straw
Drinking on the go…………..
Disposable does not mean earth friendly. Unfortunately, we’ve developed an all-too-close relationship with coffee at a convenience. If you grab your coffee on the go, you create a lot of waste for that coffee-loving habit. Even if you try to go the green route and recycle your cups, those disposable coffee cups aren’t as recyclable as you might think.
The paper cup that the barista hands you in your local coffee shop is not really made of just paper. Disposable paper coffee cups are lined with polyethylene, a type of plastic. This coating prevents your cup from turning to mush while you enjoy your favorite latte, but it also means these cups can’t be easily recycled.
Besides their difficulty to recycle, paper cups also pose a sustainability issue. Think about the energy used to simply create the cups. And, twenty million trees are cut down every year just for the manufacture of paper cups.
There is also the number of trees that are cut down each year to produce the paper we use. Even recycled paper will contain raw tree fibre
Most disposable plastic cups end up in landfill. IIsit worth if for that caffeine jolt. If you need your iced coffee fix, bring in your own reusable cup to your favorite coffee shop.
Water to go
Do you regularly buy your water in a plastic bottle? How many plastic bottles are you buying a month? Where do they end up?
I am guessing you have brought your water bottle and refilled it a few times from the tap and then put it in the recycle bin and congratulated yourself on being “good”. Don’t worry. We have all done that. We are led to believe that by recycling the bottle that we are taking care of the planet.
There are not enough recycling plants to cope with all our waste. Plus they use a lot of energy to convert the bottle from its original state into something else.
So..why not ditch the plastic bottle and buy a reusuable one and then you can not only congratulate yourself you can shout loud and proud that you are an eco warrior.
If you are looking for water-to-go but don’t want the hassle of a reusable bottle then why not use a resealable can!
The average aluminium can is made from 68% total recycled content. When it comes to recyclability, aluminium cans are the most recyclable drinks container out there.In fact, aluminium is recycled more than twice as often as plastic, glass & cartons.
Aluminium cans are infinitely recyclable.
Cans stay colder for longer, keeping the water cool and fresh.
Buy one here: CanOWater
Small changes can have an impact
“one person can make a difference and everyone should try it” John F Kennedy