In modern day life it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic, but with the growing epidemic of plastic pollution, it is in our best interests to minimise the amount we use.
Plastics harm the environment by seeping into soil and water, degrading our beaches, killing wildlife, choking our oceans and killing millions of marine animals each year.
There is now a huge campaign to reduce the plastic foot print by governments, environmental groups and worldwide supporters.
We are part of the problem and now need to be part of the solution.
Our problem is that we live in a throw away culture and urgency is needed to move away from this lifestyle involving single use plastic.
Even If we make little changes in our day to day life, that can help to reduce our own plastic footprint.
Together we can have a huge impact in reducing the plastic footprint.
Below are a few pointers to go plastic free at home.
Purchase reusable bags made from durable, environment friendly materials that will last time and time again.
Refillable, glass water bottles are much better for the environment and yourself.
Skip a straw or buy a reusable metal one.
Local farmers markets are ideal for plastic free shopping; as most items are displayed loose and likely to accommodate your needs. Most food presented in these markets hasn’t travelled great distances to get to you, therefore the carbon footprint is low.
Buy in Bulk
Reduces the amount of plastic packaging.
Reusable Party Cutlery
The amount of single use party ware we throw away in our lifetimes would add up to a considerable amount.
Recycle When Possible
This will give your used packaging the best chance of being disposed of correctly to reduce the pollution created from waste.
The ‘Attenborough Effect’ has sparked a rise in beaches around the UK having a big clean up. With a rise in 18 beaches since last year being awarded for their litter free sands. Over the past 12 months, this movement has led to a 53 percent reduction in single-use plastic.
Large fast-food and coffee franchises such as McDonalds, Starbucks and Sheetz are leading the way in the eradication of their single-use plastic straws as well as offering reusable cups.
Certain Supermarkets are also taking action to reduce plastic packaging on their products by creating plastic-free aisles so consumers can buy products loosely, or bring their own containers.
The UK has also banned products containing microbeads within the last year.
What Effort is Tenura Making?
Here at Tenura we are making the move from plastic to cardboard packaging, starting with our jar and bottle openers. By 2020, the entire Tenura range will be packaged in cardboard retail boxes.
Cardboard is a very durable material, which allows products to withstand long transportation times. It prevents moisture from accessing goods within the packaging and prevents them from becoming damaged.
Cardboard is biodegradable and recyclable, with it also being more easily and widely recycled than any other material. In addition, it would create lighter packaging so this would also reduce the emissions used when transporting.
For more specific information on our new cardboard packaging, or to place an order, you can contact the Tenura sales team via phone or live chat. Alternatively complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.