Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months on


Beat Plastic PollutionThis article looks at my personal progress made over the past month since World Environment Day 2018 (5 June 2018), which had the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

Since my public postings of video and written articles, I have maintained my pledge to:

  1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping
    Whilst some of our shopping is at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated.We have continued to shop at our local shops, particularly at the green grocer which offers wicker baskets to carry my shopping and paper bags to take the shopping home.You will note the plastic film around our lettuce from the same shop, so going plastic-less is far from perfect.Shopping with a Wicker Basket
  2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste
    I have brought a re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home. The good thing about this bottle is the centre column can be frozen to keep the drink cool during even the hottest of Summers.However, I have found it difficult to find refill stations. The majority exist in Central London at the mainline stations and airports but this can cause a problem getting a refill away from these locations.It has to be said that I have brought two non-reusable bottles of water over the past three months as no refill options were available. That said, I have ensured that the bottles are recycled & recognised that more refill options should be available.Reusable Water Bottle
  3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups
    During the past month, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shop & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink.The photograph, below, is an illustration of the options that you have available:

    China cup + Drink inside the coffee shop = Relaxation and a Sustainable option
    Disposable Cup + Drinking outside = Stress and an environmental impactChoose China Cups over Disposable Cups

After reading this article, please catch-up on my nine-part series of videos on my YouTube Channel, which can be accessed here covering my “love/hate” addiction to the use of plastic in my personal and business life together with suggestions on how you can go “Plastic-less”.

My nine video series covered the following topics:

Plastic-less Video 1: A Personal Confession & Exploration

Plastic-less Video 2: A Tale of Two Shopping Bags

Plastic-less Video 3: Waste Weighing and Audit

Plastic-less Video 4: A Hot Chocolate Moment

Plastic-less Video 5: The Office

Plastic-less Video 6: National Fish and Chip Day 2018

Plastic-less Video 7: A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Plastic-less Video 8: A Night at a Hotel

Plastic-less Video 9: A Celebration

Don’t forget to comment on how your plastic-less pledge is going & leave any feedback on this article.


  1. Take the time to watch each of the videos in my series on going Plastic-less
  2. Make notes on the issues raised and the suggestions at the end of each video on how to go Plastic-less
  3. Take the pledge to go Plastic-less and share your progress.
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