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Beat Plastic Pollution: Six Months On

Posted By Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, 05 December 2018

Beat Plastic Pollution: Six Months On

» World Environment Day Blog by Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA


This article is the third in a series, which looks at my personal progress made over the past six months of “going plastic-less” since World Environment Day 2018 (5th June 2018), which had the global theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

My two earlier posts on my plastic-less journey at one month (Beat Plastic Pollution: One Month on) & three months (Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months on) can be viewed on the website.

At this six-month anniversary in my “plastic-less” journey, I have maintained my #PledgeLessPlastic pledges to:

1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping

Since my three month update, some of our shopping has been at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated, which I hope to qualify for my next report.

However, 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.

Even more, my 92-year old Mother is so keen on reducing her plastic waste that she has been asking questions on the commitments to reduce plastic of the managers at our local Asda, Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets.

2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste

The re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home was “missing in action” a few weeks ago, which was a sad loss.

As I lost my reusable bottle, I did buy a non-reusable bottle of water as a temporary water bottle and have been using it for the past two weeks. That said, the bottle has had a longer life than a “single-use” plastic bottle would normally have & I will ensure that the bottle is recycled.

My new replacement bottle is “on its way” as an early Christmas present & it will be put into good use for rehydrating before client meetings in December.

Over the past three months, I was heartened to see that water refill points are available in Central London especially at mainline stations, such as London Victoria, which is the terminus for my train services from Chichester.

3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups

During the past months, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shops & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink. The photograph, above, and the equations, below, are 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.

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Coffee Cups  IEMA  MIEMA  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  PledgeLessPlastic 

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Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months On

Posted By Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, 05 December 2018

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.

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  IEMA  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  World Environment Day 

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Beat Plastic Pollution - 9 Vlogs for World Environment Day

Posted By Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, 29 June 2018

For World Environment Day 2018 we asked you to commit to reducing harmful plastics using the hashtag #PledgeLessPlastic and/or inspire others with a good practice case study that had a positive impact on the use of plastics (with a focus on single use plastics). 

However, Chartered Environmentalist Andrew Marlow went beyond this with extraordinary efforts to produced a collection of nine vlogs for World Environment Day! These vlogs (short, informative videos) were all based on the plastic waste problem, but they also offered solutions in order to form an educational collection of videos. 

We have uploaded the first three of these videos to the Society for the Environment YouTube channel, but the following six can be found by clicking on the playlist button on our channel. The first three vlogs can also be viewed below: 

View "An Opening Confession" on YouTube »

 

View "A Tale of Two Shopping Bags" on YouTube »

 

View "Waste Weighing and Audit" on YouTube »


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. 

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Plastic  vlog  WED  World Environment Day 

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By Working Together We Can make a Difference this World Environment Day

Posted By Martin Ballard CEnv, 29 June 2018

Willmott Dixon Group Environment Manager and Chartered Environmentalist, Martin Ballard, tells us how by working together we can make a difference this World Environment Day.

World Environment Day (WED) provides us with an opportunity to take action - and we have much to celebrate with improvements in our environment.

Making an impact

It’s not about just one day. We’re asking friends, colleagues and communities to consider what they can each do to play their part in tackling our love/hate for plastics - to challenge each to take a pledge, take action and take time to feedback, using the hashtag #pledgelessplastic.

My pledge is to challenge why and how we use plastics and work with suppliers and organisations to reuse materials directly or indirectly in their value chain.

 

Let's get back to the plastic problem…

Is the root cause of the problem the material or how it’s used? As with many readily available low-cost materials, the value given to plastic can be seen in how it is readily thrown away in the hedgerows and verges alongside our roads, railways, canals and streams. The pathway of plastic pollution is horrifically clear to see, from our communities, windblown or weather beaten into micro fragments to drains and watercourses.

Read the full article on the Willmott Dixon website (click here)


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. Blog Source - Willmott Dixon.

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Willmott Dixon  World Environment Day 

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