Our Ethos and why we should all be making a change...
The Green Pantry aims to provide a service that helps the community reduce their single use plastic in an easy and hassle free way.
Around 60% of Brits care about the environmental crisis and think that the government should be doing more to prevent it. That being said, the general opinion around zero waste shopping is still that it is ‘hard work’ and ‘expensive.’ Here at The Green Pantry we want to make this way of shopping both affordable and simple for everyone.
The House of Commons Library say that the UK uses around 5 million tonnes of plastic and almost half of that is packaging. Single use food and household packaging is one of the main problems when it comes to the pollution of our seas and waterways. Plastic waste often does not decompose and can last centuries in landfill, or else end up as litter in the natural environment, which in turn can pollute soils, rivers and oceans, and harm the creatures that inhabit them.
8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year, if we keep going at this rate by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea!
Over 633 marine species are now known to be impacted by the plastic problem, say the Environmental Investigation Agency. Animals like dolphins, whales and seals are ingesting astonishing amounts of toxic microplastics which increase their chances of disease and can affect reproduction. Larger bits of plastic are also often choking our sea life. Sea birds are mistaking plastic for food and are bringing it back to feed to their chicks, the plastic stays in their stomachs and makes them feel full. This leads to them no longer eating and eventually dying.
Plastic was not designed to be used as a throwaway material. When you think about it, it’s crazy that we use for example, a plastic fork or disposable coffee cup for a few minutes. We then throw it away and it lasts for hundreds of years. All the plastic that has ever been produced is still somewhere on this planet today and will be for hundreds of years to come. It breaks down into tiny pieces but never goes away, it contributes to the plastic soup that is now in our oceans.
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I decided to cut down on plastic in my home and to use natural products whilst going through fertility treatment. I did a lot of research, like many women do, suffering from infertility. I looked into the effects of chemicals on the reproductive system and what I could do to reduce them. The toxins from plastic and non natural household/beauty products are thought to play a part in the decline of our fertility worldwide.
Since becoming a mum, I now not only look at the health implications of plastics, I look at the environmental crisis it is causing. I do not want to leave my children to clean up a world our generation has helped destroy.
I have a long way to go but I have made significant changes and I hope The Green Pantry can help you on your journey to do the same.
I plan to use this platform for helpful tips and information around all things sustainable.
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