How to reduce your plastic waste as a family
The plastic waste problem is still a huge issue in today’s society, and if things don’t change soon it’s likely that some of the common wildlife species that we know and love will no longer be around. Our discarded plastic bottles, packaging and products are ending up on our shores and in our oceans. This puts wildlife such as seabirds, turtles and juvenile fish at risk, as they mistake the plastic for food and consume it.
To show the impact that this is having on our wildlife, Kennedy Wild Bird Food have launched a campaign to highlight how some of our favourite local species could be affected by the plastic problem in the future.
How can you help?
Even the smallest lifestyle changes can have a huge environmental impact, therefore, it’s important to think about how you can reduce the your plastic waste as a household and work towards solving the plastic pollution problem. We’ve put together a few tips to get you started:
Switch to cloth nappies
In the UK, up to 8 million disposable nappies are discarded every single day – most of which end up in landfill sites and take hundreds of years to decompose.
Investing in cloth nappies can help you to reduce the amount of plastic waste that your household sends to landfill. This is because they are made of fabric rather than plastic, and they can be washed and reused multiple times – helping you to save money and support the environment at the same time.
Make smoothies and juices at home
Single-use plastics such as plastic bottles and boxes are slowly but surely filling up our landfill sites. Whilst many of these bottles are now being recycled, there’s still a large proportion that are not, leaving us with the same problem as before.
To reduce the amount of plastic bottles you send to landfill, make your smoothies and juices at home and store them in reusable bottles, rather than paying for pre-made smoothies from the supermarket. This will help to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are being produced, and it can also help you to make healthier choices as you know exactly what’s going into your drinks.
Buy loose fruit and vegetables
These days, most pre-packaged fruit and vegetables come with packaging too. By opting for loose fruit and veg instead, this allows you to make the environmentally-friendly choice and ditch the unnecessary packaging the next time you’re in the supermarket. Simply fill your reusable carrier bag with fresh fruit and vegetables and you’ll help the world get one step closer to solving the plastic pollution problem.
There are many common sense and innovative ways of reducing plastic consumption. If you have any handy tips, we’d love for you to share these with us.