For many people, the environmental impact of the use of plastic was only made significantly apparent as a result of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet Series. Every year, around 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean, where it can prove fatal to marine life. With it being recycle week this week, I thought it appropriate to share how the reduce, reuse and recycle mantra is being encouraged here at JCAD.
One of our latest recruits, Carrie Gilbertson has taken on the challenge of helping us all recycle a variety of items that would otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean. Although we always had a recycling bin, we now have dedicated areas for recycling crisp packets, cereal bar wrappers, cake wrappers, biscuit wrappers, toothpaste tubes, dog and cat food pouches and more! Thanks to Terracycle for their efforts in recycling these items.
We are starting to use Who Gives a Crap toilet paper which is 100% recycled toilet paper.
JCAD is pleased to be making some small but important changes in order to help preserve our planet for future generations.
Want to know more?
- Don’t buy plastic unnecessarily
If you need something that is plastic, can you purchase it second hand? My son really wanted a Paw Patrol Tower for his birthday but the thought of adding plastic to the World unnecessarily filled me with dread. We were able to purchase a second hand one and thus not adding to the plastic but reusing plastic that already exists.
- Household items
With a little forethought you can reduce the amount of plastic you use in your home. Who Gives a Crap toilet paper, soap bars, shampoo bars: www.friendlysoap.co.uk and reusable bags are all ways we can reduce the plastic we use.
- Saying ‘No to plastic’
With the recent news of Burger King no longer providing a toy with their children’s meals, other fast food vendors need to follow suit. If you happen to go a retailer that gives a plastic toy with a meal, then ask to not have it included and if it is in the meal, give it back.
- Check the packaging
Did you know that bread bags and those similar items can all be taken to bigger supermarkets and put into the carrier bag recycling bins?
- Shop local
If you have a greengrocers and butchers local to you, supporting local goes a long way. Most local shops do not have their produce wrapped in plastic and use paper bags.
If everyone can start making small changes, a big difference will be made! Let us know if you have some top tips for reducing, reusing and recycling.