Have you #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution?
Let’s be honest, there is a lot of talk about plastic recently but it goes much further than just changing plastic straws to paper and as Venetia Falconer recently said ” We need to shift away from Oh it’s a paper straw, that’s better than plastic. Let’s just go without a straw!”
Something that I realised when I started my sustainability journey, is that I had been trying to do everything perfectly and then actually end up doing less because I was making it harder for myself to keep up with. It’s best to start with one small change, then once you are used to that small step, make another one and another one and gradually your a fully committed sustainability. We don’t need a few people doing it perfectly but millions doing it imperfectly, so please do not be afraid to try.
The problem is a lot of people don’t understand that this DOES affect them. In a few years time when it is too late and people are having serious health problems then they may start to care… but it will be too late. Just to make you a little more aware of the situation here it is:
+ Over the last 15 years, the consumption of bottled water has doubled in the UK. Of the 13 billion plastic bottles used each year – an estimated 7.7 billion, or nearly 60% are plastic water bottles!
+ Sadly, it’s been estimated than almost half of these bottles are NOT recycled and around 15 million plastic bottles are littered, landfilled or incinerated every day – ending up in our natural environment and flowing into our oceans!
+ More than 80 percent of the samples collected by the charity Plastic Oceans on five continents, tested positive for the presence of plastic fibers. Meaning Plastic is in our drinking water and causing damage to our health!
+ Microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals.
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed but want to start to help make a difference then I have the perfect first step for you…
Today is #NationalRefillDay
National refill day was started by City to Sea as part of the award-winning Refill Campaign, National Refill Day is an awareness campaign to get the UK public to stop bottling it when it comes to our drinking water. They want to create a new social norm for refilling on the go – saving us money, keeping us hydrated and preventing millions of single-use plastic bottles at source.
All you have to do is bring a reusable bottle out with you, download the National Refill day app to find all the places you can refill your bottle. I am sure there are many more than just on this app but this is a great help when looking for places to re fill for clean and safe water. https://refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app/
Places like Starbucks, Costa, John Lewis, Neals yard remedies, Whole foods market and Morrisons have all joined this movement and added stations to their locations so that we can all easily refill our water for free. Not only that if you are a coffee drinker a lot of places will fill your cup at a reduced rate so that you do not have to buy a wasteful cup again.
I know when I first started finding a refill cup that I loved was so much fun and I choose to team up with Wake Cup!
Wake Cup supply bamboo water bottles, coffee cups and more. My favourite is the Bamboo water bottle and it is the one I have and will be using to refill my water. 10% of their profits go directly to their charity partners – The Marine Conservation Society.
They believe that small changes to our daily routine when multiplied across the globe can make a huge difference to our shared Oceans and I couldn’t agree more! If you want to join in and start reducing your plastic consumption by purchasing a Global Wake Cup water bottle, then I have added a link below for you:
AD| Any Links that are ‘Wake Cup’ are affiliate links, If you purchase something using this link, I will make a small percentage from that sale. This helps me continue to work on my blog and support small sustainable brands. I only ever share items that I use and love. This Bamboo water bottle was also gifted to me upon me choosing it from the store. All opinions are mine and are my honest reviews of the products.