The Big Plastic Count is here again. ‘What’s that?’ I hear you say? Well. Bear with us and we’ll give you the lowdown.
It all started when a chap called Daniel Webb decided to count every piece of plastic he threw away in a year. He ended up being shocked at his total of 4,490 pieces of plastic. He then teamed up with a scientific researcher to calculate his ‘plastic footprint’. This shows what he threw away and where it ended up.
This initial curiosity sparked what is now an annual event called the Big Plastic Count. Run by Greenpeace and Everyday Plastic (run by Daniel Webb), they designed it to collect data on how much plastic we actually use in the UK. This might sound simple (and like something the government should be leading on *ahem*). But, no one really knows exactly how much plastic is chucked – and where it ends up. The count provides evidence to push the government to reduce single-use plastic dependency. Because how can we expect them to make a good decision without all the correct information (that they aren’t gathering themselves..)?
So what do we know?
The UK produces more plastic waste per person than every other country in the world, except the US. Shocking, right? Currently our plastic production is set to double by 2040. Recycling programs are already struggling to cope. And even then, recycling alone is not a viable solution. Reusable materials must become more prevalent.
This year the government is making some big decisions about setting plastic reduction targets. Meaning that the Big Plastic Count is more important than ever. We want them to aim for 50% less single use plastic production by 2025 (at least). The count also aims to push for a ban on sending our waste abroad.
Bagboard got involved this week and we counted all our plastic waste. Our count ended up at: 46 pieces of plastic waste
The count isn’t designed to shame you for using plastic, it’s to show how plastic is almost unavoidable these days.