There is no such thing as 'away'. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere

- Annie Leonard 

At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans every year - which is the equivalent of a rubbish truck per minute 

There is more micro-plastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way

Less than 1% of plastic bags, and 10% of plastic bottles, are recycled properly

Scientists have found that over 650 species have adversely interacted with plastic - this means eating it, being entangled by it, or choking on it

Why does this matter?

- Plastic is made from fossil fuels which negatively effects climate change

- There is a huge carbon footprint associated with creating and transporting plastic

- Plastic will be in our oceans and on our planet for hundreds of years 

- Only a very small percentage of plastic is properly recycled 

- Toxins from plastic leach into our food and drink through bottles and containers

- Toxins enter our food chain through animals that we eat having eaten plastic

- Plastic chemicals can cause hormone disruption and cancers

- Plastic kills marine animals and birds

What you can do

- Take your own shopping bags

- Carry a reusable water bottle (there are even some that can keep water cold for hours!)

- Use a reusable coffee cup (there are some great ones made of bamboo or that can compact and you can carry in a pocket!)

- Pack your lunch in reusable containers (we recommend stainless steel containers)

- Avoid disposable straws and cutlery

- Swap shower gel bottles for soap bars

- Use a bamboo toothbrush (these are more efficiently recycled or can be composted)

- Purchase loose food wherever possible (fruit and veg are the easiest to do this with)

- Sign up to have your milk delivered and picked up again in glass bottles

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