Tip of the Week

Oceans of plastic

Sandwich containers with unrecyclable plastic windows, takeaway containers with plastic linings, plastic drinks bottles, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups – all heading straight for our oceans!

What can we do?

The UK does not currently have the right processing plants to take a lot of our packaging waste, so it is OUR responsibility to reduce the plastic mountain we are accumulating.

Let’s firstly reduce the usage of one-time use plastic.

There are alternative packaging options that are fully bio degradable. One supplier is Vegware. Their food packaging is plastic-free and made from renewable natural materials (trees, corn and sugar cane). The packaging is compostable in under 12 weeks and can be recycled along with your food waste so the same waste bin can be used. Another advantage is that Food Waste collections are cheaper than general waste collections!

If we source biodegradable packaging and straws that alone with have a huge impact on not adding to the plastic mountain.

What packaging can be reused?

Coffee chains are encouraging the use of a “Cup for Life” and along with pubs and restaurants offering “Free Water top ups” so you can take your reusable water bottle with you. Schools are encouraging students to bring a water bottle into school and are providing water points for refilling bottles. Selling bottled water can add to the profit margin but at what cost to the world?

What can’t be sourced as biodegradable or reused can be recycled

Train and encourage your staff to recycle – do you recycle your food waste?

Alert

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

Weekly Food Fact

Our oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup affecting all forms of sea life, from turtles and fish to sea birds.

Travelling on ocean currents, this plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet – from Cornish beaches to uninhabited Pacific islands. It is even being found trapped in Arctic ice.

An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year – Isn’t it time to make a change?

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