5 New Year’s resolutions to reduce plastic pollution: Be part of the change.

Last year, our newspapers and news feeds were filled with plastic pollution. With images of straws up the noses of turtles, kilograms of plastic in the stomachs of whales washed up on the beach and a projection of more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 – it’s no wonder we are asking ourselves what needs to change.

With the New Year rolling in, it is the perfect time to start thinking about what more can be done to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up back in landfill, or worse in our shared oceans. Here are 5 small ways that can make a big impact on reducing plastic:

1) BYO!

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Plastic shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups and straws are easy items to ditch. Next time you go shopping, take your own shopping bag with you. The same applies for takeaway coffee and food.  There are so many options on the market for reusable coffee cups and cutlery, so you can have some fun with it. Easily cleanable metal straws are available too, so definitely worth a try. It might feel strange at first, but taking your own containers to buy work lunch is a really good way of reducing plastic.

2) Say no to products with over-packaging

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When doing grocery shopping be sure to avoid unnecessary plastic wrapping. This kind of packaging is most obvious when found on fruit and vegetables. If you prefer to still use a light plastic bag to group your fruit and vegetables, then you can reuse the same bags each time.  

3) Reduce, reuse and recycle, recycle, recycle!


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Even though many items are recyclable there is a bulk of plastic matter that still ends up in landfill. To reduce the amount of plastic that ends up back in the environment, familiarise yourself with your local recycling facilities and the items that are and aren’t recyclable.

4) Make your own

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Packaging of cosmetic items is an enormous culprit for plastic waste. A fun way to reduce plastic is to make your own! Not only is this better for the environment, it can be better for you. There are so many natural and easy to make recipes for face masks and shampoos, so why not give one a go!

5) Get talking!


The best thing about talking about reducing plastic is it gets people thinking about their actions. Encourage your favourite brands to use recycled plastic in their products. Plastics For Change provides high-quality, ethically sourced plastic to brands - so asking for this in your shampoo or water bottles, makes a huge difference. Each aggregate action we choose makes an impact, so the more people we have on board, the bigger the difference we can make.

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Written By Jessica Goldstein, guest-writer and plastic activist.

5 hilarious ways people are recycling and collecting plastic

Plastic pollution can be a heavy topic but some creative people who don’t see it this way. Across the globe, individuals or groups of people are coming together with hilarious ways to collect and recycle plastic. We have put together our five favourites, enjoy!

Waste Shark

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This waste gobbling robot shark makes plastic pollution disappear. Waste Shark was created by South African entrepreneur Richard Hardiman after he recognised most ocean plastic comes from shorelines. The aquatic drone is designed to autonomously cruise harbours and eat up garbage before it drifts out to sea. Waste Shark can even send back other diagnostics for people researching the harbour including water depth, weather, and local water quality.

Watch video: https://twitter.com/GlblCtzn/status/1051533798217801728

Floating bike collecting plastic


Some of us use bicycles for a good workout. Dhruv Boruah, an avid cyclist and environmentalist, redesigned his bike to float in London waterways and collect trash. After racing a yacht across the ocean from London to Rio de Janeiro, he came across two turtles choking in plastic and was inspired to act. His plastic collecting bicycle is made from bamboo with two yellow floats attached to each side.

Boruah said in an interview with CNN "'Life is about being with Mother Nature, enjoying Mother Nature, challenging yourself from out of your comfort zone, and if you can do something good while doing it, why not?”

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsbFtJzOwco

Kayak made from plastic bottles


College student Jake wanted a way to use pesky plastic bottles. He decided to create an open kyack in his dorm room and post the instructions online. Jake collected 270 sports bottles and carefully assembled them to create the structure. Upon completion, he took the boat to his local river for a paddle. The boat was surprisingly durable and had great buoyancy.

Find the instructions here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-open-kayak-from-recycled-bottles/

Art made from flip flops


One Kenyan group is turning discarded flip-flops into beautiful artworks. Ocean Sole was started by Julie Church, a Kenyan biologist who noticed that children were making toys out of old sandals that washed up on beaches of Kiwayu in Kenya. She saw a chance to create jobs and clean up the beaches in the process. Ocean Sole has cleaned up well over 1,000 tons of flip flops and provides income to 150 Kenyans.

Check out their video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZV9J62Z2Vk

A plastic bottle garden


Plastic bottle gardens are taking off! The trend is a great way to repurpose old plastic bottles and can be as simple as one plant or a whole vertical garden! Some avid gardeners even positioned the bottles to create a drip water irrigation system. If anyone is wanting to help reduce pollution but doesn’t have the time to build a waste robot shark, you should try plastic bottle plants.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebBez6bcSEc&t=262s

Plastic is a valuable resource if you have commitment or creativity. Recycling is the most effective way to help return the value of plastic. So if you’re making a boat or putting a milk bottle in the correct bin - everyone has a small, yet impactful role to play.

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How can Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) become a reality in the informal recycling economy?

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