Plastic has dominated in the manufacture of products and packaging for its accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and durability. The environmental damage being done by plastic has become big news, creating a state of emergency through accelerated climate change, contamination of water and food sources, and destruction of habitats. In turn, the prominence of this messaging is driving a change in consumer behaviour. The stakes are high, with our future hanging in the balance.

A mindset driving change centres around consumer awareness. Companies have used plastics extensively, leaving the ultimate responsibility of disposal with the consumer. Today, sustainability and environmental concerns are more important than ever and the tolerance for businesses that palm off their waste is dwindling.

Quick statistics on sustainable shoppers:

  • The plastic-free movement has affected the shopping behaviour of more than 80% of UK shoppers (Statista)
  • 65% of UK shoppers avoid buying single-use plastics (Statista)
  • 43% of consumers actively choose brands according to their environmental values (Deloitte)
  • The most prominent lifestyle change for sustainable shoppers is the elimination of single-use plastics (Deloitte)
  • 80% of UK shoppers describe themselves as ‘environmentally friendly’ (Retail Times)

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE?

We all know plastic is bad, but behavioural change on an individual level is where we can make a meaningful change for a greener future. What are the benefits of reducing your plastic footprint at home and at work?

Avert ecological disaster – Ten million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. Plastic waste is ecologically unsustainable and making a change to green alternatives preserves the Earth for future generations.

Traditional plastics create carbon dioxide – Most plastics are made using non-renewable resources such as oil. It is estimated that 4% of the world’s petroleum is used to make plastic, which creates carbon dioxide – a contributor to the greenhouse effect.

Demand affects supply – The shifting norms around plastic use has the power to affect global consumerism. The more people who refuse plastic, the deeper the effect on demand.

Micro-plastics are a major problem – There are 15 to 51 trillion microplastics floating on the surface of the ocean. This affects marine life and is making its way into our food and water sources – and is even affecting our air quality. The chemicals leached by plastic are responsible for a host of serious health issues.

DAMAGE TO A DEGREE

Not all green solutions are made equal. Many of us hold beliefs around our habits that don’t necessarily hold true on closer examination. When one interrogates green solutions, what are the differences and which is best for the environment?

Everything is degradable. It is the length of time it takes that varies. In the case of degradable plastics, this process can take hundreds of years and leave harmful plastic by-products that never truly disappear.

Recycling has its limitations from an environmental perspective. Not only is this an energy and resource intensive practice; it is not wholly reliable. Only 9% of plastic is actually recycled and, even then, plastic cannot be endlessly recycled. From a green viewpoint, our aspirations should preclude the creation of petroleum-based, conventional plastics in the first place.

Biodegradability refers to a material’s ability to degrade naturally with no toxic by-products. Biodegradability is strictly regulated and the key is to look for certifications. While all compostable products biodegrade, not all biodegradable products compost. Compostable products from Bonnie Bio UK are made from natural materials, decompose without leaching toxins, and break down into natural elements to leave no trace.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE REBORN

The adage of reduce, reuse, and recycle has long been the approach to mitigating waste and the damage of plastic pollution on the environment. It continues as a central consideration in government plans to implement circular economy initiatives. With an aim to drastically reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, compostable solutions take on heightened importance in the war on waste.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY STARTS NOW

In seeking to achieve a circular economy, the aim is to remove the end-of-life concept when it comes to waste and, where possible, replacing it with regeneration. This should be achieved without the use or release of toxic chemicals into the environment. Biodegradable and compostable materials are highly effective in this regard. Secondary to this is re-use, re-manufacture, and recycling of non-biodegradable waste.

THE BONNIE BIO DIFFERENCE

At Bonnie Bio UK, we are wholly committed to the production of international certified compostable plastic alternatives – making a difference today without affecting the wellbeing of tomorrow. Our consumer-friendly multi-purpose bags, straws, cling film, and face coverings are the easy way to make the change to plastic-free options. As durable and reliable as plastic, these products are made from naturally-derived materials and break down into renewable resources. Explore our range of environmentally kind compostable products today.