Plastic waste is a huge problem and one that has only magnified in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Plastic waste could increase as much as six times before we reach the end of the decade, with over 53m metric tons of waste ended up in our oceans and other ecosystems, according to data from the journal Science.
With climate change one of the biggest challenges facing the planet in the future, major fundamental systemic changes will be needed to promote sustainability.
There are, however, little steps we can take to help do our bit, so here are three simple swaps you can take to reduce plastic waste.
Reusable Face Masks
Plastic face masks have become a major environmental problem during the pandemic. People are legally required to wear face coverings on public transport and in shops, however, many people are choosing to wear surgical face masks.
These are made in part of the single-use plastic polypropylene, which can’t be recycled and is not biodegradable.
Instead, wear a cloth face mask that can be washed, disinfected and reused whilst still keeping you safe.
Mixed metal straws have become a cocktail favourite to replace single-use plastics. With particular brushed finishes they look elegant in a drink and given how prolific single-use plastics are for straws, it stops a lot of plastic ended up in landfills.
Plastic bags are among the biggest volume of single-use plastic waste, but thankfully one of the easiest to get out of your life. There are so many beautiful, sustainable cloth bags that can be used to carry shopping instead.