8 Ways to #BeatPlasticPollution This World Environment Day

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:

  1. 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. plastic container

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.

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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.

 

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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

 

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#REDUCE #REUSE #RECYCLE- It starts with YOU the individual! Every little thing helps!

 

 

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Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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