Whilst we would all love to say we will never use plastic ever again it is not really possible at the moment as there are not a great number if useable alternatives. We can however, aim to give up disposable or single use plastics. These plastics are made from fossil fuels, have a huge carbon footprint, are not really recycled, pollute our oceans and will still be here in hundreds of years.
Thankfully the UK has already made a start towards this by charging for plastic bags and plans to ban the use of plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers by 2020 but there is still a long way to go.
What can we do to reduce disposable/single use plastics?
The great news is that there are lots of alternatives to single use plastics out there now that are more affordable and available to us all. Below are some hints and tips of the small changes that can be made so that our daily lives are that little bit greener.
The thought of all the plastic we use can be very overwhelming and horrifying but even if we implement just one or two small changes it can make a difference and be the start of bigger changes. Some things will work for us and some won’t, but it is about finding a balance.
At Mama Bamboo we hope to be able to give parents more choice by providing award winning eco-friendly nappies and wipes that are super soft, absorbent, naturally antibacterial, breathable and sustainable. We want to achieve a balance through our 3 key values: Best for Baby, Best for You, Best for Mama Earth.
Jennie Potts a wife, mother and the other half of Mama Bamboo. Following a career break, she has jumped back in at the deep end: filling every role necessary for starting up a new company. When she is not investigating more sustainable living and more eco-friendly products she exercises to keep her sane; attempts to manage the 3 men in her life (her husband, her son and her dog) with limited success and on the rare occasion of a quiet moment can be found in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book.
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