Reducing the amount of plastic you use needn’t be hard. With this post, BRAG kicks off a series of tips on how to do this, one tip at a time, and in no particular order of priority, so you can gradually introduce plastic-reducing changes into your routine. And we’d love to hear your tips, too.
Tip no. 1: Carry cutlery in your bag, and refuse offers of plastic knives, forks and spoons in food outlets. If you work in an office, keep a plate, bowl, glass and cutlery in your desk.
China has recently announced that it will be taking less recycling from the UK. One of the main reasons for this change in policy is that much of the recycled material China receives is contaminated, meaning it is of poor quality or includes items that cannot be recycled, or that are difficult and expensive to sort for recycling.
A recent article on the Recycle Now website shows what we in the UK can do to improve the quality of what we put in our recycling bins. It also offers tips on what you can recycle and where to find your nearest recycling centre. To read the article, click here.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has launched #PlasticFreeFriday, a campaign to encourage people to stop using single-use plastic products.
FoE says that if we encourage enough people to make small changes to their lives, we can cut down the amount of plastic pollution in our environment – and send a message to companies and governments that they need to act too. Continue reading
The BBC has announced that it plans to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after the television series Blue Planet II highlighted the devastation wrought by plastic pollution in the seas.
Throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped at BBC sites by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019.
The Scottish Parliament has also announced that it plans to ban plastic straws, following similar announcements by restaurants including Pizza Express, Wagamama and JD Wetherspoon.
For further information, click here.
BRAG held its first Restart Party on 25 November. The Friends of Cathja charity shop provided a room for us to use for repairing electric and electronic items. Rishi from the shop, and Jo from the Restart Project were our fixers. West London Waste lent us some basic equipment, Jo brought his own repair kit and there were some tools available in the shop. Continue reading
A recently launched petition is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove and business secretary Greg Clark to impose a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. It also encourages people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine.
As of 3 November, nearly 64,000 had signed the petition; the goal is to reach 75,000 signatures. To sign, click on this link.
Ecover, a manufacturer of household cleaning products, has launched a washing-up-liquid bottle made with 50% plastic waste that has washed up on and been collected from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. The remaining 50% is recycled plastic. Continue reading
Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading
Borough Market plans to ban sales of single-use plastic bottles and instead introduce refillable bottles made from recycled plastic, which customers can buy from stalls around the south London food market. The market has introduced three new drinking fountains, giving visitors easy access to free water. Borough Market’s managing director, Darren Henaghan, said the move is part of its commitment to make it the greenest place to shop in Britain, and said he hopes others will follow suit.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Avani, a company in the Philippines, has developed an alternative to plastic bags that is truly biodegradable – and safe for animals to eat. Called Eco-Bags, the bags are made with cassava root mixed with vegetable oil, and are compostable and biodegradable. They can also be dissolved in less than 150 days when discarded in water. Avani aims to create a range of other eco-friendly products normally made with plastic, including takeout containers, disposable cups and plates.
For more information, see http://www.avanieco.com/product/eco-bags