Plastic Free Day

On July 3rd 2018 challenge yourself, workplace or school to a Zero Waste Lunch.

 

Litter Free Coast and Sea have created an annual Plastic Free Day to help individuals, teams and schools cut down on single use plastic and find alternatives that are more sustainable. 

 

The day is: 3rd July 2018

 

The Theme is: Reducing the amount of single use plastic waste created during lunch.

 

It’s a small step and a way of seeing if you can make the change and something you will hopefully want to continue. We will provide information on what is classed as single use plastic and how much of these plastics we use. We will also show you what the alternatives are.

 

 

If you want to take part then click on the links below to see how you, your workplace or school can take part.

Why take part?

  • This year alone, the UK will use 16.5 billion pieces of plastic cutlery, 42 billion straws and 4.1 billion single-use drinks cups and lids.
  • The world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today.
  • The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes.
  • One tonne of plastic is equivalent to 20,000 two litre drinks bottles or 120,000 carrier bags.
  • 13 billion plastic carrier bags are used in the UK each year. Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single use plastic bags per year.
  • Plastic never biodegrades, it just breaks up into smaller pieces (micro plastics), meaning every single piece of plastic ever made still exists in some form.
  • More than 40 species of fish, globally, are known to consume plastic.
  • There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
  • Over 50% of litter found on UK beaches in 2008 was plastic litter, an increase of more than 120% since 1994.
  • We manufacture over 300 million tonnes of plastic a year – that is the equivalent to the weight of the entire adult population of the planet. Half of that we use just once, sometimes only for a few seconds, and then throw it away.
  • Each year the average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles, but only recycles 270 of them.

 

There is still hope!

  • Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of the 5p charge, figures stating it plastic carrier bag usage has dropped by around 83%.
  • Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK.
  • There is a Zero Waste movement
  • Plastic pollution is now in the public eye more then it has ever been.

 

We hope that by taking part in our Plastic Free Day you can help us keep this momentum going, helping Dorset and the rest of the UK ditch single use plastics once and for all!

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