Coast KZN

22 Aug 2018

Say NO to these five plastics

Elana Wagner (North Coast Courier)

Make a difference by not using the following five plastic products.

We have all seen the heartbreaking videos of turtles with straws stuck in their nostrils and seabirds chocking on plastic.

Everyday tons of single-use plastic products are thrown away, ending up in landfills and oceans.

Make a difference by not using the following five plastic products:

1. Earbud sticks

These little blue plastic sticks are often seen lying on our beaches.
The fix: Go for organic cotton earbuds that do not have plastic sticks.
Try Dischem’s Softi Cotton Organic Buds or Cherubs Flushable Eco Cotton Buds – they are good for the environment and are friendly on your budget too.

2. Straws

Many local restuarants have joined the #stopsucking movement and offer envirofriendly alternatives.
If you find yourself at a spot that has been living under a rock and still offers plastic straws, be prepared with your own bamboo, stainless steel or budget-friendly Khanyiso straw made from Khanyiso Reed from Mozambique.

3. Water Bottles

Both the bottles and the caps are problem pollutants. Keep up your good water drinking habit without harming the environment by getting your own multiuse glass water bottle.

4. Take-away Coffee Cups

Even if they look friendly to nature with their brown, cardboard look, these guys are a big no-no as they are generally lined with plastic which is not biodegradable.
Invest in a stylish useforever cup made from bamboo, glass or stainless steel.

5. Plastic Ctlery

As is expected from the nation of fine dining, France has become the first country to have officially banned plastic cutlery, cups and plates.
About 150 single-use cups are thrown away every second in France.
Get with the times and pack your splade – a spoon, fork and knife in one – into your bag.