This year the theme for #WorldEnvironmentDay is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The UN and Environmental Heroes are calling on communities to combat the increasing plastic pollution challenge facing nature and our societies. In an effort to equip the world with the tools and knowledge to reduce plastic litter from ending up in our ocean, rivers, and lakes, UN Environment published a report assessing the potential of replacing conventional plastics with alternative materials.
According to UN Environment, the ocean has increasingly become a repository for discarded plastics and microplastics. The group believes that it is neither possible nor desirable to remove all plastics from society, however, the realisation from consumers and policymakers that urgent action to stop the flow of disposable plastics is needed is growing, and alternatives can have a significant role in reducing our dependence.
Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said, ‘Making the switch from disposable plastic to sustainable alternatives is an investment in the long-term future of our environment. The world needs to embrace solutions other than single-use, throwaway plastic.’
In celebration of World Environment Day 2018, we have come up with a few ideas for you to implement in your home to make your kitchen a plastic-free zone:
Install a recycle bin in your kitchen or scullery dedicated to the recycling of your single-use plastic waste.
Get rid of the mounds, if any, plastic cutlery hiding in your kitchen drawers.
Get rid of any of the easy use plastic plates in your cupboards.
Forget about single-use plastic bottles and replace them with glass or metal bottles.
Replace your plastic kettle with a fancy glass or metal kettle.
Replace your plastic utensils, like salad or pasta spoons, for rustic wooden or chic metal ones.
Look into switching to biodegradable napkins, wipes or paper towels.
On your take-out nights, try and order in from restaurants who use biodegradable containers.
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