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What can we do to make the UK’s water sources cleaner?

LSPS Blog 79In the UK it’s estimated that over 8 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into our rivers, seas, oceans and other waterways every year. At the current rate this means that by the year 2050 there would be more plastic in our waters than there would be living fish. The impact of plastic pollution is felt not only by animals but also humans with micro-plastic fibres found in tap water samples worldwide and the average seafood eater expected to consume 11,000 pieces of micro plastic year on year.

With this in mind, many environmental charities such as Recycle Now, Greenpeace and Surfers Against Sewage are leading the way in encouraging both businesses and individuals to take steps to reduce their plastics consumption. Here are a few ways that you can reduce your impact on the oceans with small and simple steps.

1 – Phase out your plastic bag usage and bring your own material bag with you next time you go shopping.

2 – Avoid shower gels, toothpaste and scrubs which contain microbeads – look for alternatives that are more friendly to our oceans.

3 – Avoid ‘single use’ plastics. Plastic products like straws, bags, cutlery, cup lids and water bottles are often only used once before they are thrown away. Opt for items that will get much more use out of them instead.

4 – Carry your own cutlery and non-plastic water bottle with you to avoid the need to use disposable ones which are also single-use items.

5 – Find new uses for plastics. Packaging can’t be avoided completely but that doesn’t mean you have to throw it out. Try and find new and unique ways to reuse any materials that you do end up with to stop them ending up in landfill.

6 – Support companies which package their products in environmentally friendly materials. Let them know through social media or through letters and phone calls if you think they are doing a good job. Equally make sure you voice your concerns if they are excessive with their packaging.

7 – Cook your own food instead of ordering takeaways, or at the very least try and reuse as much of the packaging as possible.

8 – Pick up litter next time you go to the beach or to the park – even one coffee cup or cigarette butt can cause damage to the nearby environment.

9 – Buying products that you get through regularly in bulk can help to cut down wastage and can also save you money in the long run.

Do you have any of your own tips for cutting your plastic usage? Tweet us at @LSPSltd and let us know.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

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