Plastic is fantastic – it is so versatile that it can be used for many things. Take a look around your home and you’ll find all sorts of things made from plastic.
Some things, like plastic toy boxes, garden chairs and even your bicycle helmet can be used again and again. But other items, such as plastic drink bottles and food packaging are often only used once before they are thrown away. These are called single-use plastics.
Not only does plastic use a lot of energy to produce but it also takes a long time to break down and can often find its way into rivers and seas, which can damage wildlife.
The good news is we can all do something to tackle plastic pollution and reduce the amount of plastic we use in everyday life. Check out these handy tips so you can do your bit:
- Avoid using plastic straws. If you really need to use one, try a paper or reusable metal straw instead.
- When you’re going out and about, remember to take a water bottle with you to save you having to buy a plastic bottle when you’re out. There are lots of places in Woking Town Centre and West Byfleet that belong to our Refill Woking scheme that will happily fill up your bottle with free tap water. Many coffee houses offer discounts too if you bring your own reusable cup. Ask your grown up to find out more here.
- Remind your grown up to take their shopping bag! Taking a reusable shopping bag to the shops helps cut down the number of plastic bags that are thrown away.
- If you’re helping your grown up with the food shopping, choose loose fruit and vegetables that aren’t wrapped in lots of plastic that just gets thrown away.
Check out these links to find out more about plastic pollution and how you and your family can play your part to reduce it.