OK, so I recycle. But, I’m also guilty of just chucking a plastic bottle into the closest bin when I’m out.
And, it’s bad. Like, really bad. In fact, the world only recycles around 14% of the plastic it uses.
By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish because approximately eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the sea each year.
That’s a helluva lot of plastic.
And, because the main cause is plastic litter from everyday items like drink bottles and packaging, the change really does start with us.
We already know that microbeads suck but how environmentally friendly are the products in your bathroom cabinet?
Choosing glass is always a good thing because the material is endlessly recyclable. Glass is also not petrochemical derived so there’s no risk of containing the contaminants found in some plastics such as BPA.
Because, FYI, your plastic shopping bag takes over 100 years to decompose.
Oh, and for the summer, it’s worth noting that Incognito anti-mosquito products are all made from sugar cane plastic which is both renewable and recyclable.
And, Odylique products are packaged in recyclable and recycled materials like old milk bottles from Europe so even their packaging mileage is low.
And, if you do go plastic, especially when buying a drinking bottle, make sure they are BPA free because BPA is a nasty chemical found in plastic water bottles and it’s been linked to issues like obesity, early onset puberty, cancer and diabetes. And, no matter what plastic product you’re choosing, make sure they’re also phthalates free because this has been linked with birth defects and hormone issues.
And for your toothbrush? Trade in your plastic one for a bamboo brush. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet (it grows around 1.2 metres A DAY) and it reduces soil erosion and minimises CO2 emissions.
Consider this one lesson you shouldn’t forget.
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