In Other News: Another Step to Plastic Waste Reduction
The government made another positive move in the fight against plastic waste last month as they announced a full ban on the single-use items straws, stirrers, and cotton bud stems. This may seem like a small step, but it’s one in the right direction, and each small step can help keep tons of plastic out of our oceans. A good example of that has been the simple tax on single-use plastic bags. Since the charge came into effect, plastic bag pollution in our waters has been found to have decreased.
However, more countries need to follow suit, because the finding of plastic waste in one of the deepest parts of the ocean, plus another whale washing up with its stomach full of plastic, highlight the continuing insidious problem that is ocean plastic.
But while we wait, we as individuals can do our part. Take your totes to the shops, grab a reusable water bottle, opt for loose veg whenever possible, and think about buying natural-fibre clothes (such as cotton) to reduce the number of microfibres released from your laundry cycle. Because just as with government actions, small steps can make a big difference!