Plastic Free July - Crazy facts to keep you motivated!
It's time to make your zero-waste, eco-friendly, reusable swaps and get involved with Plastic Free July! It can feel like a big challenge but don't give up! Here are some pretty shocking facts that you can arm yourself with in the fight against single-use plastic. We'll also offer up some of our favourite plastic-free, zero-waste, eco-friendly swaps...
'In the UK, 400 million plastic sponges are thrown away every year.'This Plastic Free July, make the swap to our Kitchen None Sponges - the ultimate, reusable, cotton washing up sponge. Made from 100% plastic-free, plant-based materials and are compostable and biodegradable!
'More than 1.2 billion metres of single-use cling film is used by households across Britain every year - that's enough to wrap around the world 30 times!'
'The average person who bleeds uses 240 single use, plastic pads a year
The average person will throw away 10,800 pads in their lifetime. That's enough pads in our lifetime to cover a large football pitch'
'It takes 1000 years for one plastic bag to break down. That means that the first ever plastic bag made in 1959 will still be breaking down now!'
Plastic really does hang around and often ends up in the oceans or in our ecosystems long before it fully decomposes, posing a huge risk to wildlife. Even when it does decompose, it releases toxic micro-plastics into the earth and water which make their way into our eco-systems, food chains, produce and water.
A little happy fact to lighten the mood! The total number of single use plastic bags sold by all UK retailers between 2018-2019 was 1.11 billion, a 37% decrease on the figures reported in 2017 to 2018. So change is happening! Be a part of this change and opt for reusable, zero-waste shopping bags like our Market Bag
'Globally, 1 million single-use plastic bottles are sold every minute'
And where to those all end up? Well, it turns out that only about 36% of them are actually recycled. They are either not disposed of correctly, put in the wrong bins, not cleaned out or simply left as litter in public places. A super easy swap you can make is going for a reusable water bottle.
These facts aren't fun, but don't get disheartened! We have to let these facts inspire us to fight against plastic waste.
We can all be a part of the change