Plastic pollution is well and truly on the rise, being one of the greatest threats to the oceans health that will continue to threaten marine and terrestrial life if people are won’t band together and make changes. Whether small or large, anything counts when it comes to saving our planet. 

Between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year due to skyrocketing plastic pollution, low levels of recycling, and poor waste management—enough to cover every metre of coastline on the planet, that amount is projected to triple in the next 20 years. Let that sink in for a moment.

Together people can make simple changes in their day to day life to help fight growing plastic pollution rates. Starting with:

Fixing Your Caffeine Fix

Always take a reusable cup to your local cafe when getting your coffee before work or school. It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That’s approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day! And only a minute percentage of those can actually be recycled, meaning most can spend decades in landfill, after less than half an hour in your hand. As an added bonus, a range of coffee shops give discounts when using a reusable cup. 

Ditch the Drink Bottles

Plastic bottles account for most of the plastic found in both landfills and oceans, globally. With lids, rings and pull tabs commonly ending up in the stomachs of sea birds. You can play your part in reducing the amount of drink bottles by purchasing your very own BioEnviro insulated 32oz Bottle. Using this bottle could save you $367 a year*.

Revamp Your Parties

Instead of using balloons, swap them out for some floral decorations or aesthetically pleasing centrepieces. This could save the lives of an abundance of animals which could ingest the balloons. Instead of using glitter and confetti, micro-plastics that could end up in the stomachs of the smallest sea creatures and in turn, the stomachs of larger fish, in which humans eat. Try punching holes into compostable materials such as leaves, try this video https://youtu.be/bQk0ax93MaY 

Change From Cling Wrap

Cling wrap cannot be recycled, it is not compostable or biodegradable. In contrast aluminium foil is recyclable, after use, roll the foil into a ball and recycle it. Bonus Points for adding to the ball with more foil. Another alternative is beeswax wraps or reusable stretch lids, all natural and prevent any nasties from making their way into your food

Say No To Straws

Straws are sucking the life out of our ecosystems and will continue to do so unless we eradicate them from our day to day life. Instead, invest in reusable straws or opt for natural solutions such as wheat straws. Although advertised differently, cardboard straws are still not the best for our environment. Still taking years to degrade, when you could easily go without. 

Avoid Single Use Cutlery

Plastic cutlery spends a matter of minutes in your hand, but will out live your great grandchildren in landfills. Instead bring your own metal cutlery or opt for bamboo instead of plastic. 

Trade Out Teabags

Instead of using teabags, often sealed or made with plastic. Try a loose leaf tea with a strainer, disposing of teabags leads micro plastics into the ocean and in turn through the food chain. 

With these small, easy, cost efficient and environmentally friendly alternatives to common household items you can make a difference. With everyone putting in effort to reduce their household waste a change will become evident and the environment will thank us for it.