Just when you think the global impact of this pandemic couldn’t get any worse, it turns out…it can.
Disposable masks and latex gloves have been washing up on shores in the Mediterranean, sparking concern that the already overwhelming battle against plastic pollution is going to get even tougher.
France alone ordered 2 billion single-use masks. And that’s just a fraction of what we’re using worldwide to protect ourselves from Covid-19.
This month a global effort to reduce plastic pollution is kicking off with Plastic-Free July, and it couldn’t have been better timing:
Organised by the Plastic Free Foundation, the initiative encourages us to switch single-use plastics for earth-friendly alternatives for July.
The hope is that if we get into good habits for a month, we’ll all continue long-term.
Alongside the increased use of masks and gloves, here are some eye-opening statistics:
- In the UK we throw away 5 million tonnes of plastic a year
- Approx 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK.
- 295 billion pieces of plastic are thrown away each year across the globe, mostly single-use
- 88% of the sea’s surface is polluted by plastic waste
- There are 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic in the sea, weighing 269,000 tons.
- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.
Those figures are overwhelming, and it makes my heart hurt to know we’ve done so much damage to our beautiful planet.
Yet we can still all do our part to limit the amount of plastic we use – and start getting into the habit during Plastic-Free July.
At The Little Yorkshire Candle Company I’m committing to making changes that reduce plastic waste, and I’ve recently launched my first no-packaging product.
New Sleep and Sensual Diffusers can now be used as the original diffuser, or as a refillable container for another scent. Their design is fabulous with amber glass apothecary bottles, decorated with our signature bronze acorn.
Fangfoss Pottery has created for us refillable candle containers, hand pottered and with our signature logo on it which you can bring to our shop to refill as often as you want with any scent you choose.
Other ways we can all cut out more plastic include using alternatives to the following:
- Disposable face masks
- Takeaway coffee cups
- Plastic food packaging
- Plastic shopping bags
- Plastic straws
- Single use plastic water bottles
- Plastic-based or non-biodegradable sanitary products and packaging
Say no to that straw in your drink.
Take a re-usable shopping bag everywhere with you.
Use your own plastic-free water bottle and drinks cup.
Choose eco plastic-free beauty products.
And keep wearing a mask in public (just make it a re-useable one).
Find out more about how you can get involved in Plastic-Free July here: