Did you see Drowning In Plastic on BBC1 the other night? If so how did it make you feel? Personally, it made me so sad, angry and disheartened all at the same time. The world and everything in it, is drowning in something we have all at one time or another helped create and although there are a lot of people who are trying to reverse the effects there aren’t enough and everyone needs to do their bit. If not I dread to think how the world will be in years to come.
My Three and Me are really trying hard in our efforts to reduce the number of single-use plastic items we use both at home and when we are out and about. To start with it has been really hard but we are finally starting to get there and we are noticing that our usage is becoming less and less. We recently shared some of the ways in this blog post. We are trying really hard to remember out three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and have made the following steps already.
Reduce – As already mentioned our usage of single-use plastic is the number one thing we are trying to cut down. We have ditched the straws, bought reusable cups and water bottles and when shopping we buy as much loose fruit and vegetables as possible. But there are many other things in the home you could consider too including reducing your water consumption and turning off switches when things aren’t in use.
Reuse – When shopping we always take reusable bags with us – a family of five needs a lot of shopping each week so you can imagine how many bags we would come home with. When we are out and about we always use our reusable mugs so that we aren’t adding to the thousands of cups that are thrown away.
Recycle – It’s sad but true that we live in a throwaway society – something breaks it’s not often fixed but thrown away – such a waste and landfills up and down the country are full of things that could be used by others. If you have items that you no longer want or need consider selling them, giving them to charity or freecycle them. That way your items will be used by someone who genuinely needs or wants them.
However, as I already mentioned the whole plastic problem isn’t just my problem it’s everyone’s problem and if whole communities the world over came together to help I’m sure that within a few years there would be a noticeable difference to the pollution created. More rubbish bins in town centres and at popular attractions, people taking their rubbish home from trips to the coast and ensuring that they do their bit as and when they can will all improve our local areas, In fact, there are so many things people can do in the community to make it a better place for everyone – volunteering, going paperless, using a reusable cup – little things can make a massive impact if everyone does their bit. Many companies throughout the UK are starting to become more socially responsible and are helping great causes within their communities. Glasdon has been very busy over the last few years including supporting a Paralympian rugby player, making donations to local charities instead of sending corporate Christmas cards and cake sales for numerous local and national charities.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all live on this planet, it belongs to everyone, not just one person, country or continent – we all need to be a little bit more responsible for it and look after it a little bit better than we are currently doing.
What things do you do or use in or around the home and your local community to reduce, reuse or recycle?
*This is a collaborative post*