Guest Blog Post: Bronwyn Woodgate
Plastic is detrimental to the environment in many ways. The two main reasons are because plastic is made from coal which is a major pollutant in today’s society. Secondly, it is not known how long it takes for plastic to degrade and when it does it has been found to emit toxic chemicals into the environment.
Gina Prendergast is living a plastic free year. Her guidelines are as follows:
- Not to use or be gifted virgin plastic, meaning freshly produced plastic;
- Where a plastic free alternative to a product can not be found, plastic re-used or recycled item of that product can be purchased or borrowed;
- If any plastic is (unwillingly) purchased or gifted during 2011, it can NOT enter the waste stream and it must be kept by me; and
- The accumulated plastic will be weighed at the end of 2011 to measure what my annual plastic footprint is, and will be turned into plastic ‘art’.
To follow Gina Prendergast’s progress and for further helpful hints on how to ‘live a plastic free year’ follow her on:
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/plasticfreeyear
Therefore, to reduce your consumption of plastic always make sure you are purchasing ‘recycled’ plastic instead of ‘virgin plastic’. When buying products look for an alternative to those make with plastic packaging. Also when shopping, use calico or recyclable shopping bags to prevent the consumption of plastic or paper bags.
Another way to reduce your plastic consumption is to never purchase bottled water. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste per year. Many of the plastic water bottles go straight to landfill once discarded. Instead use a reusable water bottle with a filter.