Plastic pollution: Our commitment to supplying plastic-free packaging
Why is plastic a problem?
Plastic pollution has created a global crisis, and this problem is continuing to grow. As plastic doesn’t biodegrade (i.e it doesn’t rot) larger pieces of plastic take at least 400 years to break down into fragments, commonly known as microplastics. These and other small pieces of plastic litter our oceans with an estimated 50 trillion pieces currently in the ocean; birds, fish and other small animals often mistake these microplastics for food. Unfortunately, 100,000 animals a year are being killed by plastic, whether this is entanglement in plastic objects, problems related to ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics, if we don’t take action, these figures are only going to continue to expand.
There are 400 million tonnes of plastic produced a year, astonishingly, 40% of this is single-use plastic. If this continues, by 2050 our oceans will be filled with more plastic than fish. It’s not just our oceans we need to worry about, the whole planet is suffering from plastic overload. At the ever-growing plastic rate, by 2050 90% of our tap water will be filled with microplastics and 15% of our beaches will be made of microplastic grains. If this scares you as much as it scares us, then read on to find out what steps we are taking to ensure a sustainable planet …
Our green commitment
Here at Dusk Lighting, we are committed to making a difference. We are always looking for ways to sustain the planet’s resources and as a company, be as green as possible. With those frightening plastic statistics, we are proud that as of October 2019, we will be distributing plastic-free packaging to your homes. Our recyclable cardboard alternative will ensure, as a lighting company, we use zero to landfill, ensuring that any rubbish we do generate, or plastic we receive in the warehouse is disposed off at a green processing plant and recycled.
What can I do to reduce plastic waste?
Just as Dusk Lighting is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, we encourage our customers to join us on our journey to eventually being ‘plastic-free’, there are several steps you can take to reduce your plastic use, but here are a few simple steps to get you started…
- Planet-friendly tote bags – we know most supermarkets have scrapped plastic bags and introduced ‘bag for life’ alternatives, but a tote bag is great to carry with you when you’re shopping for all kinds of items – with so many colours and designs around, why would you want the plastic alternative anyway?
- Scrap plastic water bottles – we’re all guilty of picking up drinks as an act of convenience, but think before you drink – that bottle that took you 15 minutes to drink will now take 450 years to decompose. Scary right? Stainless steel bottles are reusable, environmentally friendly and once again come in an array of pretty designs and colours.
- Reusable straws – swapping your plastic straw to a reusable one made of metal or bamboo may seem small, but it makes such a huge difference. Switching to reusable straws helps keep 584 plastic straws out of our oceans and landfill each year!
- Change the way you shop – next time you’re out food shopping, think about all the unwanted plastic you take home with you. Choose unpacked fruit, veg and other items as much as you can. Fruit and veg farmers’ markets are great for picking up loose vegetables and taste really fresh.
- Take part in a clean up – There are many ways you can get involved in a cleanup, you can take part in official beach cleaning events, volunteer to organise your own or simply collect some rubbish when you’re out and about and on your travels, along the coast or elsewhere.
If like Dusk Lighting, you care about the planet and want to get involved in putting an end to plastic pollution, we will leave you with these helpful tips…
- Reduce – follow the steps above to reduce your own personal plastic waste.
- Reuse – swap the disposable for reusable.
- Refuse – plastic straws, unnecessary plastic.
- Remove – purchase loose fruit and vegetables over packaged ones.
- Recycle – always recycle your plastics.
- Rally – round-up your friends and family and get involved with a cleanup.