Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, killing and harming marine life. Apparently plastic particles have recently been found inside our shellfish and even in our rain! Its a scary thought that we might be causing irreversible damage to our environment.
Here at Willow’s Wonder we are always trying to improve our impact on the environment and look for ways to nurture our mother earth. We are supporting Sky Ocean Rescue’s #PassOnPlastic campaign to help reduce the plastic pollution crisis that’s choking our seas – and you can also help.
One way of helping is by purchasing hand made skin and hair care products that are not packaged with plastic; soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars, lotion bars etc. Check out our handmade soaps here. We only reuse plastic packaging that we have received via our suppliers, we never purchase it ourselves.
Some other tips for reducing your plastic footprint include:
Use a coffee ‘keep’ cup each time you buy a take away. Only roughly 1% of disposable coffee cups are recycled, ending up in our landfill for the next fifty years. Many coffee shops will offer a discount if you use your own cup and there are lots of environmentally friendly options out there.
Say no to plastic straws and cutlery. Some of these can take up to 200 years to break down. Use a paper straw or just drink from the cup!
Don’t use cling wrap, we are reusing takeaway containers we already have to store and freeze leftovers.
Use loose leaf tea with a tea strainer instead of teabags that are sealed with plastic. Disposing of teabags ultimately leads to microplastics entering our waterways and eventually our food chain. A few companies are now introducing biodegradable teabags and we hope other brands will soon follow.
Did you know that chewing gum is also made out of plastic? Hard to believe but true.
Glitter is made from tiny particles of plastic that are extremely damaging to our oceans. This microplastic can eventually end up in our food chain as our shellfish can ingest it. But don’t worry, you can still get your sparkle on guilt-free! There are many ranges of eco-friendly, and biodegradable glitters available now.