Make your voice heard. Sign the petitions below. Seek out more and sign them too.
Raise awareness. Host a screening of A Plastic Ocean (via plasticoceans.org,). It won't be the zaniest of social gatherings but it will provide a moment of community.
Use your voice. If a regular cafe or restaurant is using straws and plastic containers for take outs, say something. In a world where consumer is king, we can affect change.
Find non-plastic alternatives to everyday items. That includes take-aways containers, plastic straws and cutlery, bubble wrap, frozen foods and of course, bottled water. Return reusable plastic trays and containers to the retailers who are using them (it'll also help make a point). Need help? There’s loads on the net. We like this list by Mother Nature Network.
Buy from bulk bins. London just opened its first zero waste supermarket; we hope it’s the first of many. Stores such as Whole Foods sell bulk food like rice, pasta and beans without packaging. It’ll take some planning ahead but think about what’s at stake.
Fall in love with glass. That empty jam jar has a thousand reuses including storage and buying from bulk bins (see above). That wine bottle makes an excellent container for flowers. Glass takes energy to make and will last as long as you need it. Don’t chuck it.
Use cloth diapers. Nearly 8 million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK; 3 billion a year. More disposable nappies are found in UK household waste than anything else. And guess what? They take hundreds of years to decompose. Nappy services such as Nappy Ever After will whisk away used diapers for a batch of clean ones. And you’ll have saved the planet.
CAMPAIGNS AND PETITIONS
It's not enough to live consciously. Change the superstructures by telling them how you feel and what you want. If you've got another, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coca-Cola makes an estimated 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles every year yet the drinks company is part of a ‘plastic lobby’ that has been derailing legislative efforts to fight plastics.
Organisations are putting forward the deposit return schemes (DRS) as a solution to reducing plastic waste. This means you place a small deposit on a plastic bottle, which you get back when you return it. The more bottles returned, the more are recycled and reused.
Support the campaign at Greenpeace
BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY
Greenpeace UK: The global environmental charity is campaigning imaginatively to end the flow of plastic into our oceans.
A Plastic Planet: A grassroots organisation with a single aim – to create a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets.
Plastic Pollution Coalition: This powerful coalition of organizations and individuals has produced a practically orientated site with downloadable guides for schools, homes and offices to living a plastic-free life as well as suggestions for alternatives to the main culprits.
Parley for the Oceans: High profile space where creators, thinkers and leaders such as Pharrell Williams and Stella McCartney come together to raise awareness and collaborate.
Plastic Oceans: A global network of independent not-for-profits and charitable organization who made the devastating documentary A Plastic Ocean.