Goals to Make Environmentally Friendly Changes in 2022? It Starts with Picking the Right Alternatives to Plastic

When it comes to plastic pollution, we’re going into the New Year faced with an old problem. If your New Year’s resolutions include environmentally friendly changes, selecting the right alternatives to plastic should be part of your strategy.

How Do You Go Green, UK?

If you are looking for alternatives to plastic, choosing internationally certified compostable products like those from Bonnie Bio UK are the gold standard for environmentally friendly plastic solutions. Benefits include:

  • Our range consists of products made from natural materials with no chemical additives for non-toxicity.
  • We hold international certifications for compostability.
  • We hold additional certifications around food-grade standards, quality, and sustainability.
  • Our products are as durable as plastic, for a similar user experience without the worry around waste.
  • Home compostable.

Take a look at our quick tips for making environmentally friendly choices in 2022:

  • Compostable Clingwrap for Freshness. The clingwrap used in UK households each year could circle the Earth 30 times. Our compostable clingwrap is the perfect alternative, offering all the wrap without the waste for everything from storing leftovers to wrapping lunches – and even for commercial catering.
  • Move Away From Bad Bin Bags. Around the world, we use 5 trillion plastic bags every year. How we bag our waste is often the last consideration. At Bonnie Bio UK, we have created a range of compostable multi-purpose and pedal bin bags. These can be used for everything from kitchen, garden, and general waste to medical, sanitary, and nappy waste.
  • Environmentally Conscious Pet Waste Bags. With 900 million dogs in the world, that’s a lot of walkies waste! Most dog walkers are likely to bin pet waste as quickly and conveniently as possible, but this is an excellent opportunity to reduce plastic use. Bonnie Bio UK’s compostable pet waste bags are the eco-conscious option for pet – and Earth – lovers.
  • Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Carrier Bags. Plastic carrier bags have been exposed for how damaging they are to the environment. The bag levy has made a big difference to the amount of plastic carrier bags consumed and disposed of each year – but what about a bag that leaves no trace? Our water soluble tote bag is made from natural materials and dissolves in water, ensuring it will never end up in landfill like many reusable options.
  • Be Strawsome with Compostable Straws. Single-use plastic straws have been banned in the UK – a strong move in the right direction for plastic waste. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sipping your favourite drink through a straw. Our compostable straws are as strong and user-friendly as plastic without the damage to the environment.
  • Protect Yourself With Compostable Face Coverings. Pandemic waste is an increasing cause of concern for the environment. As we navigate the ‘new normal’, face masks and face coverings remain a top recommendation for protecting yourself – but the single-use disposable face masks, which contain plastics, end up in landfill and our oceans alongside other plastic waste. Our compostable face coverings are perfectly adapted to single use wear – breaking down into natural elements so you can protect yourself and our future.
  • Takeaway Culture Without the Throwaway Effect. Disposable plastic cutlery is billeted to follow the ban on plastic straws for the high volumes of waste these create. Bonnie Bio’s compostable cutlery, available in compostable bags printed with eco-friendly ink, is the natural, environmentally kind alternative that’s perfect for home and food business use.
  • Putting the Love Back in Disposable Gloves. Disposable gloves are used in various industries and are especially common in safe food preparation. Since the advent of COVID, disposable gloves have become even more popular to curb spread of the virus. Our compostable gloves are a great alternative to plastic, so you can wear and throw away without a worry about what happens to your waste.
Make environmentally friendly New Year's resolutions with alternatives to plastic from Bonnie Bio

Why Is It Important To Go Green?

Why is addressing plastic waste a good place to start? We’re all familiar with the visible impacts of plastic on marine and land-based ecosystems. We are all aware of the threat of climate change and the role plastic plays in the wellbeing of all living creatures on Earth. However, according to a news report published by the United Nations late in 2021, we are on course to see plastic pollution more than double by 2030. This shows that consumer habits are moving at a dangerously slow pace – a trend that needs to change.

More than two-thirds of UN member states and the EU have stated that they are behind the proposal for an agreement on plastic pollution. In the meantime, the UN has said that the only way to address the full scope of the plastic problem is to immediately address plastic production and consumption across the entire value chain, as well as the move towards a circular economy and the use of alternatives to plastic.

The Future Starts Here. Explore Bonnie Bio UK’s range of compostable alternatives to plastic.

How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Environment?

  • Plastics have an effect on climate. It is anticipated that greenhouse emissions from plastics will amount to around 6.5 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2050. 
  • During the degradation process, plastics release by-products of degradation like BPA which affect human function. It has also been reported that micro-plastics have been detected in human organs. The chemicals in plastics have been linked to a range of human health issues.
  • Micro-plastics have been detected in everything from our food and water to the air that we breathe making ingestion nigh on unavoidable.
  • Micro-plastics – and the toxins and chemicals leached from plastics – have also seeped into groundwater and soil.
  • Plastic pollution also has economic effects. On the ground, this includes the cost to tourism, beach cleans, fisheries, and marine life. This also includes additional business costs that could be incurred for responsible waste management.
  • It affects the lives and wellbeing of wildlife and threatens biodiversity.

Not All Alternatives to Plastic Are Made Equal

More and more consumers are alive to greenwashing, but it is worth doing your homework around the alternatives to plastic you choose to ensure that they are truly environmentally friendly. 

Recycling is shrouded in controversy, with it being uncovered that much of what goes into recycling does not get recycled at all. In England, we recycle 44% of our plastics, with the aim to increase this to 50% by 2050. Owing to inadequacies around the system and its infrastructure, many of these items end up getting shipped to other countries or end up in landfill. Recycling also cannot be done infinitely and these shortcomings limit its efficacy as a long-term sustainable solution.

The UN Environmental Programme has also warned about the use of bio-based or biodegradable plastics. Many of these ‘degradable’ products contain micro-plastics and so do little to address the plastic pollution problem. 

Choose Compostable Alternatives to Plastic from Bonnie Bio UK today

Explore Bonnie Bio UK’s range of internationally certified compostable plastic alternatives and make meaningful changes to go green at home and in business every day.