We rely so much on plastic for many aspects of daily life: food packaging, disposable bags, drinks bottles, disposable utensils, razorblades, bathroom products etc. Yet shockingly, according to the UNEP, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year! This equals a truck-load every minute. But in recent years, thanks to environmental campaigns and documentaries such as Blue Planet 2, there has been a noticeable shift in public awareness and more people have become aware of the impact of plastic on marine organisms and the environment.
As a society, we must quickly get out of the mindset of being so dependent on plastic and reduce our waste production (not only plastic).
I am certainly not someone who is totally (single-use) plastic-free and I can’t claim that you will never see me throw away a single piece. I have definitely used a single-use plastic bottle or—dare I say it—have clingfilmed my sandwiches for the next day’s lunch.
So, for this week (to start with), the team at Miller Research are going to attempt the No Plastic Challenge. One week may not be a long time, but small changes accumulate and change behaviour, lead to an important positive environmental impact.
The rules of the challenge are simple:
- Do not purchase any new single-use plastics
- Only use plastic if you already own it and it can be used many times (for example, food containers)
The Miller Research team going plastic free is a natural step for our business, which champions environmental management and reducing the environmental impact of our work. We work in an Energy Performance Certificate Rating of A+ building that is powered by renewable energy and situated on a farm that raises organic and pasture-fed lamb.
We have set up a competition in the office, where we will receive points for different aspects of being plastic free, ranging from points for every plastic-free lunch an individual has or every time we manage to shop plastic-free during the week. And because we all know that points mean prizes, the person with the most points at the end of the week will win a (plastic-free related) prize. We are all excited to begin and we will share our progress through the week, hopefully bringing to light any helpful tips or challenges that we have faced.
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