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Infographic 1 – The impact of single use plastic
Plastic production contributes to 3.3% of all global carbon emissions. Switching to reusable alternatives could reduce your carbon footprint by 457kg per year. That’s 127 car rides across Barnet…or over 2.3 years of charging your phone in your local Barnet café!
The average UK carbon footprint per person is 12,995 kg per year.
Switching to reusable options could reduce your daily carbon footprint by 3.5%. A family of four could save £4,881 per year if they switch to reusables.
Infographic 2 – Plastic bottles
The average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles a year but only recycles 270 of them.
Nationally 35 million bottles are used every day, 16 million of those aren’t being recycled.
Each bottle has a carbon footprint of 100g of carbon!
Alternative: Reusable bottles
By bringing your reusable bottle, you can take up to 480 plastic bottles out of circulation per year. And reduce your carbon footprint by 36.5kg per year.
Infographic 3 – Plastic food containers
Only 12% of total plastic waste ends up being recycled in the UK. The rest ends up being incinerated in landfill or in the environment.
Alternative: Reusable food boxes.
Swtiching to reusables means you can vastly reduce the amount of plastic being disposed of.
Infographic 4 – Hot drinks cups
2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used per year in the UK, but only 1 in 400 are recycled. Producing these cups take almost 1.5 billion litres of water and 152,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Paper and cardboard cups seem more climate-friendly, but most cannot be recycled as they contain a plastic lining.
Producing a single use cup produces 61g of carbon.
Alternative: Reusable coffee cups
…save 9.5kg of carbon per year.
Infographic 5 – Plastic shopping bags
Even when properly sorted, it’s tricky for plastic shopping bags to be recycled.
Producing one bag creates 1.58kg of carbon.
Alternative: Reusable bags
Reusable shopping bags help to reduce the amount of plastic in circulation, thereby saving our planet from harmful microplastics and non-biodegradable waste.
You could lower your carbon footprint by 411kg per year by switching to reusables alternatives.
HOW CAN I BRING IT?
- Bring your reusable water bottle with you full from home, and fill it on the go in cafés, restaurants, pubs or bars.
- Bring your reusable bags with you when you go shopping – and don’t leave them somewhere on the way!
- Bring your reusable food containers with you to shops, cafés and takeaways. It may feel strange, but they are usually happy to pack food in your reusable container, rather than a disposable one. This could be for your workday lunch, your takeaway feast or your extra large spoonful of loose olives at the deli.
- Bring your reusable coffee cup with you to shops, cafés, restaurants and on your way to work for your daily cuppa.
To significantly reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastic, we need the whole community to get involved. Why not tell people about your commitment to bringing your reusable containers by sharing this pledge on social media?
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LOCAL REUSABLE HEROES BRINGING IT IN BARNET
Our research showed that over 77% of Barnet residents said they want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use when buying food and drink products.
A similar number are concerned about the environmental impact of single-use food and drink packaging.
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Over 85% of Barnet residents already use reusable bags.
83% already use reusable water bottles.
77% said they want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use when buying food and drink products.
Almost 80% said that they understood that a lot of single-use plastics could be replaced with reusable alternatives.
Source: NLWA research (2023)
So many people living and working in Barnet are already bringing it. So let's celebrate the stories of some of our local reusable heroes, who already use reusable containers in their everyday lives and businesses.