During the Lent Plastic Challenge, we got asked some great questions by followers, which we posed to Melinda Watson, of RAW foundation who fervently believes in realising another world without toxic plastics.
Follow the blog as we disclose her answers, which will provide you with inspiration to make educated decisions about the materials you use and take action in your local town (we are now involved in a local project in Bristol with Melinda).
“How can we reduce using plastics- at source? “
Melinda: Yes at source! And what is the source? Our capitalist economies and throwaway cultures, in which products and objects are constantly modified, made to break (planned obsolescence) and where cost and convenience is of primary concern.
“So as a consumer how could I address this?”
- Get informed and stay informed about the serious issues to do with plastics.
- Be the change on a personal level e.g. refuse single-use plastic bottled water and plastic bags and opt for toxic-free, long lasting sustainable alternatives.
- Buy local, unpackaged goods or plastic-free products and support plastic-free stores.
- Spread the word – talk about what you are doing and why!
- Lobby local, national and international stores or companies to adopt principles such as ‘recyclability by design, cradle to cradle. Surfers Against Sewage have a great ‘Return to Offender‘ campaign for marine litter.
- Before you chuck something away, see if it can be fixed. Look out for your own local repair cafe.
- Instead of buying new items – look at second-hand, borrowing or sharing items.
- Start your own plastic-free campaign in your school, college, university or office- ban plastic water bottles, takeaway boxes and coffee cups.
- Sign a petition: Raw Foundation petition against toxic plastics
Write to your MP, MEP etc – it is an election year so now is a good time.
- Undertake your own 30 day plastic challenge- we have created a FREE support programme to guide and motivate you.
With the 30 Day Challenge Programme we provide you with all the materials and inspiration you need to give up as many single-use plastics as possible.
Download the all the free materials