The government recently announced its ban on microbeads which will come into force on 9th January, but there is still so much more to be done to protect our wildlife.
It is estimated that there are around 5 trillion pieces of plastic in oceans worldwide, and more is being added each year. Wildlife ingest or become entangled in these plastics and are dying at a rapid pace because of this. One of the best ways that we can each do our bit to reduce our use of plastics is by removing single-use plastics from our everyday activities. For example, we can use reusable cloth bags for shopping instead of plastic bags, use a travel coffee mug instead of take-out coffee cups, and replace balloons with eco-friendly decorations.
The image below suggests eight simple steps that you can do to reduce the amount of single-use plastics you use. It's so important that we all play our part to protect our environment and wildlife, so why not make reducing single-use plastics your New Year resolution?