HOW YOU CAN HELP
1 AVOID SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
The culprits here should be familiar to everyone: carrier bags, bottles and drinking straws. Purchase a ‘bag for life’, carry a reusable bottle, and sip drinks straight from the glass.
2 GIVE UP CHEWING GUM
Chewing gum is made from synthetic rubber – a plastic – and shockingly around 100,000 tonnes of the stuff is discarded every year. Is minty-fresh breath really worth that?
3 GO ON A BEACH CLEAN
Organisations like the Marine Conservation Society conduct cleans up and down the country, removing rubbish from the beaches and raising awareness of the ocean environment.
We’ve all heard this one by now, but currently only a third of recyclable plastic used by UK consumers is recycled. So swot up on your local rules and get into the recycling habit!
5 GO MICROBEAD-FREE
A UK ban is coming into force in 2018 for many products containing microbeads. Be wary: it won’t cover ‘leave-on’ products such as sunscreen and make-up, so read ingredients lists.