This year’s World Environment Day campaign is #BeatPlasticPollution. On June 5th you can join millions of people across the globe by spreading the message and, importantly, taking action. Beating plastic pollution is wonderful idea, but is it realistic? The facts are pretty dire.
The World Environment Day website states that more than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, half of which is single use. Of that other half, less than 10% is recycled. Today, plastic clogs our landfills, leaches into the ocean and is combusted into toxic smoke. Not only that, microplastics find their way into the food we eat, the water we drink and even the air we breathe, making it one of the gravest threats to the planet.
It’s easy to feel helpless. And hopeless. However history is on our side. Humans have proved again and again that we can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Small individual efforts can swell into global changes. So here are a few of the EASY ways to up your recycling game:
And finally don’t forget to amplify your company’s efforts to reduce plastic to encourage others to do the same.
At Speed these changes are part of our wider commitment to reducing out impact on the planet. Only through lots of smaller, individual efforts will we create the big change that we need.