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Is it possible to live without plastic?


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For 70 years, the world’s plastic usage has grown inexorably from humble beginnings to a position where humanity now produces roughly its own weight in plastic every year.But is there a turning point in view? Guardian revelations about the scale of plastic waste and the threat it poses has finally prompted the authorities to take the issue seriously. Michael Gove is considering a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, Sadiq Khan is looking at new water fountains to contain the plastic proliferation, and now Theresa May has set out her own plastic-free stall. As ever, our readers are ahead of the curve, detailing a range of ways that individuals can avoid plastic. Respondents to a Guardian callout said they found it easy when it comes to using reusable water bottles and fabric tote bags. However, trying to live a completely plastic-free life can be challenging. .Jenny Derry, who lives near Lichfield in Staffordshire, launched Anything But Plastic in October, an online shop selling plastic-free items in the UK. After three years of working in outdoor equipment shops, she became fed up of unwrapping items which were already individually wrapped in plastic and quit her job. “I started by trying to cut plastic out of my own life. The problem was I found it got very time consuming to do so as I had to actively seek out replacements. This meant it also became more expensive, as I was having to source plastic-free items from many different places. Why should it be such hard work to avoid plastic?”Derry said her website aims to make it easier for people in the UK to buy plastic-free products as cutting back shouldn’t have to be hard, inconvenient or time-consuming. “I’m hoping to get rid of those obstacles and bring about some positive change. Many of us are aware of the need to do something about plastic pollution but lack the means or tools to be part of the solution. It needs to be made more widely known that the alternatives to plastic exist so that people can consciously choose to use less plastic.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/17/is-it-possible-to-live-without-plastic-readers-tips-for-for-tip-free-living

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