Individuals

A few years ago, we all used single use plastic bags – now we think nothing of taking reusable bags to the supermarket. We need a similar cultural change in how we use other single use plastics, and it’s in our power to make that change. It’s not very long ago that a straw was a treat, but now we have come expect them…although strangely, only in certain types of drinks!

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Support the campaign by politely requesting that your drink be served without a plastic straw. You can find a list of St Albans and Harpenden businesses who only provide them on request, or just use biodegradables over here
  • Why not buy and carry your own reusable straw? There are good silicone, metal and glass ones which are widely available
  • We need the big retailers to start taking environmental issues more seriously. Sign the petition to ask McDonalds to ditch plastic straws.
  • There are other small steps you can take to reduce your usage of single use plastics:
    • Take your own reusable cup to the coffee shop, many places will give you a discount if you do
    • Buy cotton buds with paper stems rather than plastic
    • Carry a reusable water bottle
    • Get your milk delivered in glass bottles
    • Look out for excessive packaging at the supermarket; buy loose fruit and veg rather than pre-packaged
    • Recycle your plastic wrappers at the supermarket – see here for a list of which ones they’ll accept
    • Reduce your bathroom plastics by switching to shampoo bars and traditional soap; and identify micro plastics by scanning barcodes using the Ban the MicroBead app.

You can also help by spreading the word. Follow us on social media, and tell your friends.