BCP Council are backing Plastic Free July to help reduce waste.
Plastic Free July is a charity who hope to raise awareness of the impact that plastic pollution has and how wasteful we often are.
They do this by encouraging people to not use single use plastics for the month of July, in the hope that the changes will then carry on.
In addition to BCP Council a number of charities support the scheme, often providing tips on how to make the best of the month.
To help you with the scheme, here are our best tips for reducing your consumption:
- Ditch the plastic bottles for a reusable one
- At the shop don’t put fresh produce in a plastic bag
- Carry a reusable shopping bag
- Store your lunch in a reusable container instead of bags
- Don’t use disposable cutlery and plates
The impact of plastic pollution has been brought to the forefront by people and organisations like David Attenborough and National Geographic, but just how bad is it?
According to Surfers Against Sewage there is roughly 269,000 tonnes of plastic waste in the world; and this is exacerbated by the fact that a plastic bottle can last for nearly 500 years.
The greatest example of the damage that plastic pollution does to the planet is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is estimated to be twice the size of France.
Plastic never truly goes away, instead breaking down into tiny particles that fish and small mammals then mistake for food, either injuring them or entering the food chain.
It is thought that one in three fish caught for human consumption now contains plastic.
If knowing this makes you want to sign up to the scheme, or if you just want more information on how to reduce your plastic use visit Plastic Free July’s website.