This month we are proudly supporting Plastic Free July. We hope to encourage people to become more aware of single-use plastic and make small changes that can have a huge positive impact on the planet.
Plastic Free July is the global movement helping millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Everyday huge quantities of plastic are not recycled and end up in landfill, polluting oceans and the environment around us. With most plastics lasting up to 450 years, they never fully decompose; they break down into tiny pieces, called microplastics, which end up in the sand, ocean and air and cause harm to animals and humans alike.
Here are some shocking facts about plastic pollution:
- In 2018, a whopping 90.5% of plastic was not recycled.
- Worldwide, 500 million plastic straws are still used each day.
- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually.
- A plastic bag is only used for an average of about 12 minutes but can take 20 years to decompose.
- The average person eats/inhales over 70,000 microplastics annually.
- Drinks companies produce over 500 billion single-use plastic bottles annually.
- 8.8 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide since 1950.
At Two Farmers, we want to do everything we can to protect our environment and planet, and right now saying no to single-use plastic has never been more important. Our crisp packets are 100% plastic-free and compostable and take just under 26 weeks to break down in a home-composting environment.
We hope to drive others to say no to single-use plastic found in everything from plastic crisp packets, shopping bags, straws, and disposable cups just to name a few! Read on for some simple plastic-free swaps.
- Crisps in plastic packaging > Crisps in compostable packaging (Two Farmers)
- Cling film > BeesWax Wraps (Bee Bee Wraps)
- Plastic straws > Bamboo straws (Jungle Straws)
- Plastic bottles > Reusable stainless steel bottles (One Green Bottle)
- Plastic lunch boxes > Stainless steel containers (Elephant Box)
- Plastic cutlery > Bamboo cutlery (Bambu)
- Plastic cleaning products > Coconut cleaning brushes (EcoCoconut)
- Single use takeaway cups > Reusable thermal cup (Keep Cup)
- Plastic bags > Reusable carrier made from recycled materials (Baggu)
- Milk in plastic bottles > Contact your local milkman and use glass bottles (you can also find out if Milk & More deliver to your area on their website)
For more information about Plastic Free July and how you can join in on the challenge, head over to their website.