Why did I decide to live plastic-free?
For wildlife such as fish, dolphins, seabirds and seals, plastic can be deadly. They become entangled in it or mistake it for food. In my job I spend a lot of time writing to our Government to make sure they protect our marine wildlife and wild places, so the next logical step for me was to do my bit at home.
Did you know 40% of plastic produced is packaging, and is used just once and then discarded?
There is now so much plastic in our oceans that they have formed floating ‘islands’. The plastic island in the Pacific Ocean is thought to be twice the size of France. Not only that, recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined.
Preparation is key
It took me several months to prepare for the challenge. I started by making a list of the things that I use most often that are made of single use plastic, then I slowly tried to find a replacement for each of them. Most of the swaps I’ve made are easy to stick with because they have become a habit! For example, I now carry a water bottle with me nearly everywhere I go, so that I don’t have to buy a plastic bottle. And sometimes the way forward isn’t to cut something out completely, but simply to reduce your use of it as much as possible. I apply this to yogurt which I really enjoy but is hard to source in any other material.