Ecosaviours

Moving Towards A Plastic Free Planet​

It is a sad fact of life that we are all drowning in a sea of plastic. In the home, in the street, the supermarket, the air, the sea, the soil, we are surrounded by it. We buy it, we buy things wrapped in it, we wear it, we breathe it, we ingest it and we throw it away.

It’s estimated that there will be around 1.3 billion tonnes of it by 2040 unless we make drastic changes.

A recent report in the Science journal recommends the following changes:

  • Reducing growth in plastic production and consumption
  • Substituting plastic with paper and compostable materials
  • Designing products and packaging for recycling
  • Expanding waste collection rates in middle/low-income countries and supporting the “informal collection” sector
  • Building facilities to dispose of the 23% of plastic that cannot be recycled economically, as a transitional measure
  • Reduce plastic waste exports 

Even then, there will be 710 million extra tonnes of plastic waste in the environment in the next two decades.

Back in 2003, Greenpeace ran an amazing campaign that resulted in the kerbside collection of recyclable waste but unfortunately much of the plastic we consume cannot be recycled or is only accepted for recycling by certain councils. If a type of plastic is not accepted in your area, it normally ends up in landfill either in our country or some poor far flung country which gets paid to take it off our hands.

If you would like to know what can be recycled in your area, please look at the Recycling Locator in my blog – The Ultimate Guide to Recycling.

The main offenders are food packaging; drink cartons, yoghurt pots, fruit and vegetable packaging, snack packets, bags and sachets of pet food. Not only is the majority of this packaging non recyclable, it’s often very badly labelled or if part of a multipack, not labelled at all.

That is why I have created this template which you are welcome to copy, edit and email to any manufacturer that is guilty of using non recyclable packaging.

Dear Sir/Madam

I recently bought some of your  _______ and although I enjoyed the product, I was disappointed to see that it was packaged in non recyclable plastic.

I, like many people, am very concerned about the negative impact that plastic pollution is having on our planet and the harm it is doing to wildlife. Did you know that a major new study carried out by Leeds University and 17 International experts has found that, around one billion tonnes of plastic waste will be dumped on land and at sea by 2040.  I would therefore like to know if you have plans to change your packaging to an ecological alternative in the near future.

Although I like your product, I will in the meantime, be researching alternative products with more eco-friendly packaging.

I look forward to your response.

Many thanks and kind regards

If you are having trouble copying this template, please contact me here and I’ll send you a copy.

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Plastic spoon floating underwater in the ocean.
Hanging laundry dryer underwater in the ocean. Jelly fish in background.
Double wrapped cucumber from Tesco's