Many of you may have seen or heard about the documentary on Netflix that is waking a lot of people up (myself included) to the vast amounts of plastic we produce and the devastating effect this can have on our planet, wildlife and health. I wouldn’t describe myself as an environmentalist but this documentary really opened up my eyes and I think it’s telling that it did that when it isn’t something I would normally think about.
For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you watch it. It isn’t too scary or intimidating, it is very factual which I like. To date, I have always avoided watching documentaries about the meat industry for example, as I feel these can be (rightly or wrongly) scaremongering. However, I feel more open about this now.
If you don’t fancy watching this, there are many articles online and I find it is being talked about a lot more. You can read this BBC article and if you like real talk, I suggest following Zanna Van Dijk on her blog and Instagram as she is a big advocate for living more consciously in a non-condescending way.
To be completely transparent, this is a very new way of thinking for me but I am starting to incorporate small changes to help the wonderful Earth we live on and I think these are simple things anyone can do.
1. Buy a stainless steel or glass bottle. I drink a lot of water every day. I used to use plastic bottles, either one time use or reusable ones. Now I have bought a stainless steel one, I went for this option because I’m clumsy and would probably smash a glass one – even though they come with covers! I thought stainless steel would be more durable. It also keeps my water really cold which is a bonus. You can easily order one on Amazon.
2. Buy a reusable coffee cup. We love ourselves a cup of coffee, walk down the streets and the majority of people will be clutching a cup of caffeine. The UK alone gets through 10,000 coffee cups in just 2 minutes! This equates to over 2.5 billion cups per year in the UK. That number is astonishing. The sad truth is that next to none of these are recycled and the coffee giants are turning a blind eye.
3. Choose loose fruit and veg. The difficult thing I have found now that I am more aware is that there is very little consumer choice when it comes to non-plastic alternatives. A huge amount of plastic is single use such as fruit and veg wrapped in plastic from supermarkets. Where possible, try to choose loose fruit and veg that you can put into a paper bag or pack straight away.
There are so many more things you can do but like I mentioned, it is incredibly difficult as a consumer to find things that are not plastic. This is very new to me and I know there is so much more I can do but is a little overwhelming.
If this is new to you, start with the above and would love to hear some more tips on avoiding plastic where possible.