The impact of plastic on our planet seems to be the topic on everyone’s lips at the moment, and with good reason. Plastic pollutes our oceans, litters our beaches, and is a danger to animals (and us). At Vevolution, low-impact living is super important to us, which is why this November’s Vevolution Festival has such a huge environmental focus. We truly believe that every little helps, and there are plenty of little changes that you can make in your everyday life to be more mindful of your plastic footprint. Lots of people making ‘little’ changes, leads to changing the world.
A plastic bottle can last around 450 years in a marine environment.
Every piece of plastic that has ever been produced is still on the planet.
50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and then throw away.
About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually.
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight)
100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.
Tips to Reduce Plastic Use:
Avoid excessive packaging: When possible, buy loose fruit and vegetables.
Try out zero-waste shops: If you’re lucky enough to live near one, you can visit a zero-waste shop to bulk buy some of your food.
Switch to loose-leaf tea: Did you know that most tea bags contain plastic? Purchasing a tea infuser and switching to loose-leaf tea could make a huge difference - especially if you’re a big tea drinker!
Use soap bars: Body soap bars and shampoo bars are usually cheap, and last for a long time, too. However, some brands do sell their products in sustainable packaging, so soap bars aren’t always necessary - do your research!
Buy reusable items: Switch plastic bottles for a stainless steel bottle. Switch plastic straws for steel/glass straws. Switch plastic bags for bags-for-life. Switch tampons/pads for a menstrual cup or reusable sanitary towel. Switch cling film for glass food containers.
Eat out/Order takeaway less: Eating out and ordering in usually means lots of packaging being used! Cutting down on takeaways means saving money, as well as reducing your plastic consumption.
Cut down on gum: Chewing gum contains plastic, and litters the streets (costing millions a year to clean up). Maybe try mints instead!
Up-cycle & reuse - Vevolution headline sponsors BOL actively encourage people to reuse and up-cycle their products whilst they investigate alternatives to plastic. They just published a great blog about it here.
To find out top tips of reducing plastic usage we got in-touch with some of the awesome people that will be speaking at Vevolution Festival this November, and asked them if they had any tips to reducing plastic! Here’s what they had to say:
Pawan Saunya - Co-Founder of Zero Waste Club
“Reuse what you already have, and make your own daily reusable items such as toothpaste, mascara, cream, etc.”
Max La Manna - Eating With Max
“For the event in November, I believe we should encourage everyone to bring their own containers for food/snacks and reusable cup for beverages.”
Immy Lucas - Sustainably Vegan
“Generally shopping and consuming less… That is a massive way to reduce waste - and when buying something try to shop second hand.”
Emma Ross - Mamalina
[When holding events like Vevolution] “Perhaps you could do a deposit return system where folk pay a small amount to borrow a cup/plate that is refunded once they return the item.”
Being mindful of how we affect the planet is so important to us at Vevolution - which is one of the reasons why our festival has such a huge environmental focus. We want to educate and inspire present and future entrepreneurs, so that our future on the Earth is a positive, and thriving one.
MEET AND LEARN FROM LIKE-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS
We have an incredible, diverse line-up of plant-powered individuals coming to Vevolution 2018 - it really is going to be bigger and better than ever! If you want to listen to inspiring talks about the future of our environment, and engage in conversations with like-minded people, come and join us in November at the BFI! Tickets are selling fast!