Ways to help reduce your plastic use
The problem of avoidable plastics is one that affects all of us – and it’s one that we can all help tackle.
There are both simple and big ways you can make to reduce single use plastic. It can start with small changes such as exchanging items you use every day for something more eco-friendly – bars of soap instead of plastic bottles for example.
Organisations across Plymouth are working together to tackle the issue of avoidable, single use plastics and plastic pollution. There are many ways you can get involved and you can start by reading about their work and how you can join the plastic free revolution by reading our dedicated Plymouth’s Action on Plastic booklet by clicking below.
If you’re at the start of your plastic free journey, here’s three ways to get going
You could buy one of the One Plymouth / Britain’s Ocean City branded reusable cups. These are available from a range of outlets in Plymouth or you can buy one on the One Plymouth website.
You could volunteer to support the environment and take part in a litter pick in your local park or other green space. Click to visit our Volunteer with Nature page on the City Council website.
In Plymouth, most hard plastic items – such as milk bottles, plastic food punnets, and a lot of plastic packaging – can be recycled. Find out all you can recycle by clicking here.
Here’s 10 more examples of changes you can make at home and at work:
Watch our video to learn more:
Reuse and recycle as much as possible – in Plymouth even black plastic trays can be rinsed and recycled. If something can’t be recycled easily check if there are any Terracycle collections nearby. They accept all sorts of commonly uncollected packaging such as crisp bags and biscuit wrapper.
Watch our video to find out how to recycle different plastics and what happens to your plastic recycling.
Every year 14 million tons of plastic end up in our ocean resulting in the death of 100,000 sea creatures through entanglement or ingestion.
Fishing gear, including lost angling gear, accounts for approx 10% of this.
Watch this video guide (or download a booklet version below) by Odyssey Innovation for professional advice on simple changes that everyone can make to reduce gear loss, protect our marine environment, and save time and money.
This video was produced as part of Preventing Plastic Pollution.
These three documents make up the Plastic Free Protocol – a guide for event organisers setting out how they should approach plastic use at events held in Plymouth
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