Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months On
» World Environment Day Blog by Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA
This article looks at my personal progress made over the past month since World Environment Day 2018 (5 June 2018), which had the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
Since my public postings of videos and written articles, I have maintained my #PledgeLessPlastic pledge to:
1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping
Whilst some of our shopping is at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated.We have continued to shop at our local shops, particularly at the green grocer which offers wicker baskets to carry my shopping and paper bags to take the shopping home.You will note the plastic film around our lettuce from the same shop, so going plastic-less is far from perfect.
2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste
I have brought a re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home. The good thing about this bottle is the centre column can be frozen to keep the drink cool during even the hottest of Summers.However, I have found it difficult to find refill stations. The majority exist in Central London at the mainline stations and airports but this can cause a problem getting a refill away from these locations.It has to be said that I have brought two non-reusable bottles of water over the past three months as no refill options were available. That said, I have ensured that the bottles are recycled & recognised that more refill options should be available.
3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups
During the past month, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shop & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink.The photograph, below, is an illustration of the options that you have available:
- China cup + Drink inside the coffee shop = Relaxation and a Sustainable option
- Disposable Cup + Drinking outside = Stress and an environmental impact
After reading this article, please catch-up on my nine-part series of videos on my YouTube Channel covering my “love/hate” addiction to the use of plastic in my personal and business life together with suggestions on how you can go “Plastic-less”.
Blog written and provided by Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA. Original post can be found on Andrew's website, here.