September 20, 2019 3 min read
At Hemming & Wills, it’s our mission to do our bit and help everyone to do their bit to reduce single use plastic waste.
Since David Attenborough showed us the horrific impact plastic, and particularly single use plastic, is having on our oceans, the ‘Blue Planet Effect’ has really taken hold in the UK and rightly so.
Whilst we’re making great strides in terms of reducing single user carrier bags (there’s been a 90% reduction since the charge was brought in for them), we all need to do much, much more right now.
The effect is huge – marine life, our food supply and our water supplies are all contaminated. We are therefore contaminated by microplastics and plastic related chemicals such as BPA. The net effect is a wide range of potential health problems from cancer to infertility.
To help us all take a stand, we’re tackling the big 4 single use plastic polluters:
Our approach is simple, we’re offering a range of ethically made, sustainable and reusable water bottles, lunch boxes/food containers, straws and coffee/tea cups as part of our plastic free and reusable homewares range – which is all packaged using recycled or recyclable materials such as paper tape in place of plastic tape.
By switching to reusable, non-single use alternatives you can make huge difference immediately. Taking water bottles alone, by switching to a reusable, stainless steel water bottle this cuts out approximately 150-175 single use plastic bottles per personal annually.
Looking at plastic straws, it’s estimated we use around 5bn a year in England alone. Switching to stainless steel, re-usable straws would have a huge impact.
Here’s also a few handy pointers to help with your plastic free journey:
We practice what we preach at H&W. At home and day to day we’ve made all of these changes and are always looking to do better! If we all take small steps, the overall impact will be huge.
Here’s some other resources if you’re interested in reading further – now let’s all get to work!
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