I wanted to take this opportunity to start at the beginning, as not to assume everyone is Eco-minded. No-one can be knocked for this of course - plastic was first invented around the late 1800's; although it wasn't until around the 1950/1960's that is became popular and ingrained in to our daily lives. Items such as clingflim, tupperware and toothpaste tubes are all everyday items made from plastic that we wouldn't even consider to be an issue.
More recently it has become hugely over-used. Your well-known coffee shop cup for example; although it appears to be made from card, it has a layer of plastic inside to prevent the cup from going soggy.
Over the last 10 years or so there has been a large increase in healthy fast food options such as plastic wrapped sandwiches or pasta salad in a single use container. These types of food packaging most likely won't get recycled, although if they do make it that far, they would be rejected due to not being cleaned beforehand.
If you think about what general everyday items contain a type plastic, it is quite astounding;
It's only recently that we have started to realise the full extent of the problem plastic is causing. A few years ago, who would have realised that tea bags had plastic in them?
We have so many natural materials that can be used as a more environmentally friendly alternative, such as Stainless Steel, Glass, Platinum Silicone (made from sand), Soy Wax coated cloth, Natural fibre cloth, Wood, Bamboo, Pottery, Paper and Cardboard. I will be looking further into these Eco-friendly options another time.
If you have not made any changes as yet, start off small; ditch that plastic-wrapped work lunch and take food prepared at home, or the next time your plastic toothbrush needs renewing, consider trying our Eco-friendly bamboo brush, from Truthbrush it is a huge hit here at the office.
Next time, I will be explaining the 6 R’s of Sustainability and delving into recycling in more depth and why it isn't the answer.
Much love “Leave nothing but footprints” ...
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