This month, students across Ireland protested to demand that the government address the growing threat of climate breakdown. It was estimated that 11,000 students got involved in Dublin on 15th March, in solidarity with global schools strike for climate action movement, prompted by Swedish student, Greta Thunberg. With the rising threat of global warming becoming more real than ever, it’s important to take action now for not only your future, but the future of young people around the world today.
Ireland is still top producer of plastic waste in Europe, generating an average of 61kgs per person every year – almost double what the UK produces. It’s also estimated that approximately 30 percent of the EU’s plastic is recycled, 39 percent is incinerated and 31 per cent goes to landfills. It is said that more than 60 percent of plastic waste still comes from food packaging (supermarkets, take-away restaurants) but only a very small 40 percent of this packaging is recycled. This shows how Ireland is still a very long way from being an environmentally friendly country and they’re plenty of ways you can take action.
According to the Irish Times, in 2015 Ireland generated 282, 148 tonnes of plastic packaging waste and with this, we are need to figure out a way to combat this. Until recently, a lot of Ireland’s waste was exported with up to 97 per cent of Irish plastic went to China because of our inability to deal with it at home up to 2017, before that market closed. It’s vital that we all now try to make a conscious decision to reduce plastic waste & consider compostable and reusable products instead. Check out five simple ways you can reduce your plastic waste that will benefit the environment & help you become more sustainable.
Carrying a reusable water bottle
It probably seems like an obvious way to reduce your plastic but plastic bottles are over-used in Ireland every day & often end up in our oceans. A great alternative would be to invest in a reusable water bottle; made of plastic, glass or metal. A perfect alternative would be one of our Swing Top Cordial Bottles – easily portable and made of glass.
Say NO to plastic straws
Plastic straws are one of the many single use plastic items the EU plan to ban by 2020. Plastic straws are over-used in restaurants, bars & hotels everyday as they accompany many drinks but we’ve definitely seen many establishments now deciding to change to paper straws. You can shop all our paper & compostable straws online here.
Taking a reusable coffee cup
It’s very easy to reduce your plastic & begin using a compostable alternative to the normal plastic lined coffee cups. The best thing about compostable coffee cups is that they don’t compromise on style or design and help create an earthy and rustic look. Explore our exciting range of compostable coffee cups & lids here.
Say NO to disposable cutlery
In nearly every outdoor eatery and even some bars & restaurants, plastic & disposable cutlery has been used for a very long time for pure convenience to many establishments – it eliminates the need for washing up! But of course, plastic cutlery does not compost and ends up in landfills. An easy solution would be to use wood, or compostable PLA cutlery – which can be popped into your brown compostable bin with food waste. Check out some options here.
Carrying a shopping bag
It’s an easy mistake to make – you go food shopping and forget your previously purchased plastic bags and end up buying some new ones! But we believe it’s vital to try make a conscious effort not to do this and to even move away completely from the plastic/disposable bags and try a ‘tote’ bag or a canvas bag. These bags are made from a cloth material and a durable and available in most high street shops at a very affordable price.
Overall, there are simple steps anyone can take in reducing your plastic intake as outlined in our blog today. We’d love to know what you do to help reduce your intake of plastic, whether it’s at home or at work. Let us know your tips for ‘Saying No To Plastic’ on any of our social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram.