The National Student
Going plastic-free is tough, and the list of things to replace in order to lead a more eco-friendly life can feel endless. But there’s no point waiting for a moment when you feel ready to banish all single-use plastic from your house – it’s something that can be done gradually.
The best way to go about your plastic detox is to focus on one item at a time and work on replacing that with a sustainable alternative. Some are more straightforward than others – most of us probably have a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, for example. Whether they’re plastic-free is another thing, of course, but everyone starts with baby steps.
Recently, I decided to look beyond my own lifestyle choices and inflict my eco-sanctimony on my family home. A good place to start with this, I decided, was the kitchen. One thing I noticed that was used and thrown away a lot in my household was cling film.
According to The Telegraph, more than 1.2 billion metres of cling film is used by British households every year, enough to go around the circumference of the world 30 times over. It’s difficult to recycle and the information about how to do is often difficult to come by. This means that more often than not, it ends up in landfill. Like plastic bags, it can also end up in the sea, where turtles and other animals confuse it for jellyfish and choke when they try to feed on it.