By Anna Cocks
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 6 of VARSITY News.
As we come to the end of plastic-free July, I think it is important to reflect on how we, as students, can take simple steps to reduce our usage of single-use plastic items.
Some key practical steps to reduce your plastic use:
- The metal/bamboo straw
Carry a metal/bamboo straw around with you wherever you go.
- The Eco-coffee cup
Having an eco-coffee cup with you or a flask is a great way to cut out take-away coffee waste. The UCT campus store sells eco-coffee cups for R60.
- Lunch boxes
Taking your own lunch to varsity in a reusableplastic container (aka a lunch box) is such an easy practical way to reduce plastic waste. If buying lunch on campus, including with a meal-voucher, bring a lunch box to campus to get food from the cafeteria.
- The eco-brick
Not everything can be recycled, so start placing your non-recyclable materials such as cellophane, chip packs and sweet packets or polystyrene in a 2L bottle to create an eco-brick which can be used to build houses.
- Grocery shopping
Bring your own bags with you when you go grocery shopping.
- The netted bag
Pick ‘n Pay is now selling reusable netted bags for only R7,50. They are used for weighing and carrying fruit and veg and can be used multiple times.
Solving the plastic issue is going to take all of our efforts. It requires patience and the attitude to make small changes to your life in order to form new, healthy habits. Start by being prepared, armed with your straw, cup and bag… and go save the world!
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