Since reading Lucy Siegle’s excellent book Turning the Tide on Plastic I am very keen to address plastic use within our household. In a way I’m revisiting my eco-warrior roots having grown up in Glastonbury. Regardless of motivation there are so many small changes that we as individuals can make which collectively will make a huge difference.
Before reading the book, back during my attempts at being vegan in Veganuary, I switched our toothbrushes to bamboo. The trigger for this change was reading the below on TheVeganKind Supermarket website.
“The hundreds of choices we make each day impact the environment.
Sometimes it’s a big decision… sometimes it’s as small as changing your toothbrush.
In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale.”
In Australia alone, 30,000,000 toothbrushes end up in landfill every year… this is an incredible statistic. As an individual we almost cannot comprehend the impact a simple item like a toothbrush is having on the planet, but reading this surely makes you want to make the change. At the end of its life, a bamboo toothbrush can be composted, or even re-purposed as a plant label.
So that’s plastic toothbrushes dealt with. Now for another incredible statistic, this one about toilet paper.
27,000 trees are cut down every day just to make toilet paper. That’s almost 10 million trees a year.
10,000,000 trees destroyed each year. How is this still happening? Advances in manufacturing must have been able to create a product from recycled paper that matches in quality. There are a choice of brands of recycled toilet paper and some which use sustainable bamboo, I am yet to settle on a favourite but for now we like Who Gives A Crap if only for its name!
Toothbrushes and toilet paper is just the beginning, our household is going through change and I implore you to do the same.
For our planet