Talking about changing the world and making a difference seems like a daunting task. But in actual fact, every small thing you do counts. Just start with saying “No to Plastic”- it’s that easy.
It is our duty to protect this planet and one of the easiest ways to do this is by saying no to single-use plastics.
Here are 8 ways to get started:
- Reusable shopping bags- skip the plastic bag at the till when doing your grocery shopping and bring along a reusable bag. These are often available at tills points at most grocery stores. Make a point of keeping a few in your car so that they are easily accessible when you need them.
2. Refuse the straw– In the U.S alone up to 500 million single-use plastic straws are used daily. Straws are small and lightweight and as such often evade recycling efforts. If you must use a straw look for a reusable alternative such as Bamboo, glass, metal or even single use ice straws. Wondering where to get these in Swaziland? Currently all Big Game Parks curio shops stock multiple-use bamboo straws from #TheBambooProject.
3. Alternative Drinking Water Bottles– nearly 35 billion plastic water bottles get thrown away each year. Switch to glass or metal water bottles as a reusable alternative.
4. Reusable Plastic Containers When Buying Meat & Deli Products- The next time you buy meat or deli products from your grocery store bring your own reusable plastic containers for staff to pack your items into.
5. Mesh Bags For Vegetables- take your own reusable mesh bags when buying from the fresh produce aisle at your grocery store instead of using the plastic option made available from the store.
6. Choose Glass Over Plastic- Make a conscious decision to choose items which are packaged in glass instead of plastic where ever possible. For example; when buying peanut butter, chutney, jams & preservatives, mayonnaise etc.
7. Shop at Local Markets- Support local markets, local markets more often than not use no plastic packaging when selling you fresh produce. Not only are you helping the environment by not using single-use plastics, you’re also helping a small business and contributing to the community around you.
8. RECYCLE! Make a conscious effort to take note of packaging that is recyclable- buy that instead of single-use packaging. Also, take time to find out where your closest Recycling Plant is. *Remember to separate your waste at home
#REDUCE #REUSE #RECYCLE- It starts with YOU the individual! Every little thing helps!