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Plastics – A serious issue that we all need to tackle
Plastics have been around for a hundred years or so, and they have produced many benefits. However, we are now seeing they also bring many drawbacks. Prince Charles warned the world of the dangers of plastics some 40 years ago. It seems the world didn’t pay much attention to him. He was dismissed as being “out of touch” but he was spot on.
Plastics are all around us today. We use them in our daily lives and routines, often without thinking about what happens to them and what effect they will have on the environment. The recent television programmes, such as BBC Blue Planet II have highlighted the damage and destruction plastics are causing around the world. We all have a responsibility to look after our planet and make it a better place to live for generations to come. It’s not just up to governments to clean up the oceans, we must act now too.
Plastics can now be found in more than 60 percent of sea birds and are in nearly all turtle species. They mistake it for food and try to digest plastics.
According to Friends of the Earth,
12 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea each year
with only 9% of all plastic having been recycled.
1 million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every day.
Change can happen when we try. Since the 5p plastic bag charge was introduced, there has been 9 billion fewer plastic bags used in England.
Even our clothes shred tiny bits of plastics called microfibres when we wash them. These microfibres often end up in the sea, into the fish and possibly into the food chain.
We need to do all we can. Recycle wherever possible. Reduce the number of plastic bottles we purchase. Perhaps your office could provide water fountains, instead of water bottles?
With Christmas approaching, Friends of the Earth provide great tips for a plastic free Christmas, and we thought we would share their information.
For the office parties and Secret Santa this year, why not use the understated elegance of brown parcel paper to wrap those presents. Add natural decorations or homemade cookies, tying it all together with string of course.
The advice for the office Christmas tree is if you have a plastic one, keep using it for as long as you can. Recycle it. If you opt for a real tree, make sure it’s one with the FSC logo.
If your office workers send a lot of Christmas cards, then make sure they are recycled! Try purchasing cards printed on recycled materials of course.
We all know how important coffee is to keep the office workforce going! Why not have reusable coffee cups or use china mugs and ditch the plastic single use ones.
There’s lots more information and help on the Friends of the Earth website, or on the internet in general.
If you would like more information on recycling and general office cleaning, please contact Hawkey Cleaning and Support Services.
For more useful information on cleaning up the planet and using less plastic, there are lots of available resources.