Bournemouth University welcomes you to join us for a thought-provoking evening with guest speaker Bianca, a zero waste blogger, on her path to living a zero waste life. In an age of convenience, where almost everything is pre-packaged in plastic, Bianca has begun the journey to leading a waste free lifestyle. We will discover what motivated her to make such a change, how she has achieved this and what challenges she has faced along the way. She will show us some of the innovative products that have replaced their disposable alternatives and how rejecting wastefulness has influenced every area in her life, from her diet to her daily routine. Please come along to what promises to be an exciting evening that will shed light on the changes we can make to reduce the legacy of rubbish we leave behind.

The talk will last approximately 40 minutes with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. It will be in room K101 on the 1st floor of Kimmeridge House at Bournemouth University's main Talbot campus.

Sign the UK petition to help cut down on the amount of single-use disposable plastics and to diminish marine pollution!

Whether they are put in the bin or thrown on the floor the toxic chemicals still leak into our oceans and damage/kill marine life.

Remember that plastic can only be down-cycled, this means that after a few times that it is "recycled" it will still go to the landfill.

If you add to this that most plastic materials cannot be recycled at all and that the ones which can be recycled/down-cycled require a lot of energy.. avoiding these products is simply the easiest and most eco-friendly solution!

There are so many alternatives to single use plastic straws, like awesome reusable stainless steel or glass straws..or like not using a straw (most times it's not really needed anyway)

To sign the petition all you need is a UK address!! So this can be signed also by non-UK citizens who are currently living in the UK (like me)!

 

If you want to learn more regarding the health and environmental threats caused by plastic check my blog post.

"Recently France became the first country to pass an all-out ban on plastic cutlery, plates, and cups. Let's follow their example through a ban on disposable plastic tableware. These plastics affect our environment and use fossil fuels. Plastic pollution is a pervasive issue but we can change this.

Plastics are extremely durable, lightweight, cheap and versatile - features which mean that they have replaced many traditional materials such as metal, glass and wood. Unfortunately these features make them the most pervasive, persistent and hazardous form of litter in our environment. 

Furthermore, plastic manufacturing is estimated to use 8 percent of yearly global oil production. This precious resource is being wasted on disposable products for 'convenience'. This is not sustainable."

If you want to learn more regarding the health and environmental threats caused by plastic check my blog post.

"Over 100,000 marine animals and 1m sea birds die each year after digesting or getting stuck in plastic "6 pack rings". I would like government to force manufacturers to use environmentally friendly alternatives / edible (for aquatic life) options.

 

"6 Pack Ring" refers to the plastic rings used to keep 6 tins or cans of drink together. As an Island nation we should take the lead to protect our shores and the animals that inhabit them. A company in the US has developed an edible (to the aquatic life) alternative made using grains from the brewing process. The rings we use now are photodegradable but can take up to 90 days to break. Plenty of time to kill a seal, bird, turtle or other marine life that thinks it's something to eat."

 

If you want to learn more regarding the health and environmental threats caused by plastic check my blog post.

"In recent years there has been a concentrated focus on recycling. We are encouraged to recycle wherever possible, yet most takeaways/restaurants have shifted from using recyclable packaging (paper/card) to non-recyclable polystyrene. This petition is to make them use recyclable packaging only."

 

We all know that recycling is not the final solutions as it still requires a lot of energy and transportation, but take away paper-made packaging at least could be composted!

 

If you want to learn more regarding the health and environmental threats caused by plastic check my blog post.

"The UK fails to recycle over 1.5 million tons of plastic packaging waste each year, which ends up in landfill & waterways instead. 

Creating packaging that our society cannot deal with is blatantly unsustainable. We urgently need 100% recyclable/compostable packaging on every product in the UK.

The UK currently recycles 64% of all packaging waste, but only about 32% of plastic packaging waste.

This is unacceptable. We cannot let big business create more packaging that our society cannot deal with - it may be good for profits but it is irresponsible and unsustainable.

We call upon our leaders to take action: to ban all non-sustainable packaging on all products, with a grace period of 5 years to allow manufacturers to integrate viable, sustainable alternatives into their supply chains."

 

If you want to learn more regarding the health and environmental threats caused by plastic check my blog post.

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ZERO WASTE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

#1 

Always bring a cloth bag with you and refuse plastic bags

 

#2

Always bring with you a reusable bottle so that you don't need to buy plastic disposable ones 

 

#3

Buy local! Going to the Farmers' Market is not only a great way to support your community but is also one of the easiest ways to shop without packaging!

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