Every year we throw away millions of tonnes of plastic.
And vast amounts of it finds
its way into the ocean.
As this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces its consumed by marine animals.
So - Plastic
is choking our oceans and killing marine life.
All this plastic waste means a cocktail
of harmful chemicals is passed up the food chain and into our food and
A two-pronged approach
is urgently needed:
lobbying governments to phase
out use of the bags as soon as possible, except in exceptional cases, and
persuading consumers that they should refuse to use the bags
by taking their own when they go shopping.
Seven of the 10 largest
plastic producers are oil and natural gas companies, so as long as they
are extracting fossil fuels, there will be a huge incentive to manufacture
The fight against the
use of fossil fuels and the switch to renewables should help counteract
the rising production of plastics. The majority of pollution originates in
countries such as China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand
and Vietnam, though it was our own industrial revolution that triggered
the developments that led to the current situation. But we can follow
countries such as Belgium in putting in place mitigation measures and
thereby become a role model.
In trying to
reduce our reliance on single use plastic containers such
as shampoo and shower gels - there are now increasing
number of outlets and small enterprises locally which sell
unwrapped non palm oil soap bars and shampoo bars in
cardboard packaging. There are also local refill schemes -
some of them are on the Ealing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
have partnered with many brands and opened up schemes for
community drop off points to enable you to recycle
packaging that are not collected by the council's kerbside
This includes crisp and
biscuit wrapping, cheese packaging and pet food pouches
Other single use plastics such as
bread bags and magazine wraps can be taken to a larger
supermarket store where there are plastic bag recycling
points. In Ealing, these are in the Ealing Broadway Tesco
and the big Morrison's to name a few.
There is also a
cosmetic recycling point in the Superdrug in Ealing
You just have to plan
ahead and remember to take these things for recycling on
your next shopping trip.
We could all
reduce the amount of single use plastics being used when
visiting the deli, fish or bakery counters at the
supermarket by taking our own tupper-wear boxes or other
multiuse containers or even paper bags or bread bags that
can be reused.
We could avoid
buying bananas in plastic packaging because they come with
their own skins! As do oranges and other fruits. A lot of
supermarkets also have unwrapped options such as broccoli and
mushrooms. Avoid buying fruit in nets if possible as these
are environmentally damaging when animals get tangled up