Plastics Campaign

 

All this plastic waste means a cocktail of harmful chemicals is passed up the food chain and into our food and water supplies.

 

Proposed solutions

 

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 plastic.

 

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 Facebook group.

 

Terracycle 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 recycling schemes. 
 

This includes crisp and biscuit wrapping, cheese packaging and pet food pouches amongst others.

 

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 Broadway too! 

 
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 in them.