My 2015 new year resolution is to join the plastic pollution revolution and reduce my household’s plastic footprint. I would love to be able to eliminate plastic from my life altogether, but, taking a look around, plastic is in almost every thing. It is easy to be overwhelmed on this humongous issue. So, here are three easy 2015 resolutions that I think almost anyone can do, I would love for you to join me and reduce your own plastic consumption.
1. SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE WATER BOTTLES – I LOVE my reuseable bottle (I will remember to bring it, fill/ refill it, reuse it) and I will not purchase single-use water bottles. They are expensive, unnecessary and wasteful. Queensland Healthy Waterways (QHW) a not-for-profit organisation working to protect and improve South East Queensland waterways, have just launched a new website WaterOnTap.org that uses your location to direct you to the nearest free source of tap water – AWESOME! QHW report that plastic bottles are the most common item removed from our waterways AND that drinking 2L of tap water a day will cost you less than $1.50 for a whole year, whereas buying the same quantity of water in single use water bottles, will cost you $3000?
2. SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS – I will remember to bring my own shopping bags, and decline plastic shopping bags at the checkout. I will bring a nana bag, trolly or basket every time I head out out the door, with enough room in for
secret purchases. On my big supermarket shops, I will remember to bring my reuseable bags – they are not very environmental if I leave them at home. I will remember to bring them and I am taking my kids along for the ride on this, and hoping they will remind me and hold me accountable to this resolution. Every year, over 7 million tonnes of rubbish end up in the world’s oceans, 80% of which is plastic.
3. BYO REUSEABLE COFFEE CUP – I will remember to pack my reuseable coffee cup from home, and wont create extra landfill by having my morning coffee from a disposable cup. Last year, my beautiful friend bought me a KeepCup for my birthday, it ws a great gift from a great Australian company challenging the disposable culture in Australia – since 2009 they have sold over 3 million KeepCups, diverting billions of cups from landfill. AWESOME! I will remember you dear KeepCup when seeking out my morning coffee.
I learnt lots of very interesting (and terrifying) things researching this post:
– Bundanoon a small town in NSW Southern highlands, was Australia’s first bottled water free town, that is right a WHOLE town signed up not to use, buy or sell single-use water bottles in 2009, and they are still going! AMAZING! Instead they have installed bubbler and water bottle refill stations around town and the school.
– In a recent study, 92% of the dead seabirds found in the test area had ingested plastic up to 5% of their total body weight
– Out of all plastic bottles, only about 20% are actually recycled
– Almost all bottle caps are not recyled, because they are made out of a different type of plastic
– It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade
– It takes seven litres of water to make a one litre water bottle
– Up to 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay are caused by the ingestion of plastic litter
– Plastic bags look a lot like jellyfish and kill marine life who mistake them for food
Clean Up Australia Day are celebrating 25 years of volunteer action across Australia.
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Get involved in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 1 March 2015.