I hate using plastic that is thrown away after a single use. Knowing it will go to landfill to sit there for hundreds of years, maybe thousands or worse end up polluting our oceans and poisoning our wildlife.
It's bad enough with plastic bottles, cartons, yoghurt pots for which facilities and services to recycle them exist, but apparently only half of the plastic bottles we use are recycled.
As if this wasn't bad enough there is also the everyday plastic packaging that manufacturers and supermarkets insist on using to package their goods like biscuits, pasta, crisps, cereal, chocolate bars etc that currently isn't widely recycled.
What are we meant to do with all that plastic packaging that 'cannot' be recycled? Is it because there are no facilities? Is it too expensive or should supermarkets and manufacturers look at alternative packaging material?
At home we've tried to make some changes such as swapping out regular straws for reusable plastic straws. Where possible we try to buy bigger packs of food and the decant into smaller reusabable plastic containers which come in really handy for the kids packed lunches.
Also, we no longer use sandwich bags or cling film. Instead we've opted for bees wax wraps which work brilliantly. These wraps can be used over and over and when done (they last about a year) they can go in the compost bin. Just remember to only wash them in cold water and keep away from heat sources such as radiators and ovens...yes, I learned the hard way!
I know this alone isn't going to clean up our oceans, but it might help steer us in the right direction if we all took steps to reduce our plastic usage and look for earth friendly alternatives.
not currently recycled
In the meantime manufacturers need to do more. Those companies need to look at alternative materials to keep food fresh. Materials that can be recycled or will decompose safely once the packaging has served it's purpose.
I feel this should be true for everything that is manufactured, packaged and sold in this world.
Our average plastic usage for a family of 5