In light of all the recent hype about plastic pollution, pushed forward by the recent adoption of the EU Plastics Strategy, my housemate and I recently decided to reduce our plastic consumption. As it turns out, it’s going to be more difficult than we expected. Plastic is quite literally hiding in almost everything you can think of, including – shock horror for me – teabags.
We’ve started out by buying non-disposable coffee mugs that are made of bamboo. She’s already used hers – at my first opportunity, unfortunately I had forgotten mine. It’s going to take a while to change our habits and start bringing them everywhere. Currently, mine looks really cute sitting on my shelf, where it is exactly useless.
Still, non-biodegradable coffee cups are amongst the top fifteen pieces of litter found on European beaches in the Black and Baltic Sea. Millions of people drink coffee every morning, or almost every morning, from a disposable take-away cup. Such single-use plastics are destroying our oceans and contaminating our water supplies.
Going forwards, the plan is to reduce plastic from our lives. It’s definitely going to be easier said than done, but we will give it a go, and update regularly.