Recycling has long been hailed as the solution to our plastic waste problem. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that recycling alone is not enough to deal with our plastic crisis. New Zealand, like many other countries, must break free from its reliance on recycling and make the move towards reducing plastic consumption.
Globally only a devastating 9% of plastic is recycled. Here In New Zealand Kiwis generate approximately 252 tonnes of plastic waste that heads to our landfill every year. Our plastic waste that is recycled is shipped off to lower Economic Countries where most is too contaminated for them to process. As a result adding pollution to waterways, landfills and our Oceans, not to mention at the detriment of other Communities health.
As Plastic Free July starts its a good time to embrace Reusable Alternatives: One of the most effective ways to reduce plastic consumption is by using reusable alternatives. Ditching single-use plastic items such as water bottles, shopping bags, and coffee cups can significantly decrease our plastic waste footprint pretty quick! Investing in reusable products not only benefits our environment but helps us head in a more sustainably direction and added bonus... you will no doubt personally make savings in the long run.
Plastic Free July is not about striving for perfection rather making small changes in the household. I know what ya thinking... "how can you really make much of a difference your just one person?" well if we all chip in a little then collectively WE CAN MAKE CHANGE.
Here are 5 helpful tips to get you started;