A trio of environmental workers have been living a life without plastic in a month-long challenge.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Head of Land Management Duncan Hutt, Conservation Officer Naomi Waite and Living Seas Officer Aurelie Bohan took on the plastic-free January challenge to demonstrate how reliant society has become on the material.
They also wanted to highlight the problem of plastic pollution and littering, and explain how plastics have entered the food chain by being ingested by marine life.
Microplastic particles have been found in nearly every litre of ocean water examined across the world. As they resemble plankton, the particles are often ingested by small aquatic life and move up the food chain to birds, other sea life and humans.
Ms Waite said: “There is plastic in everything, from clothes to travel tickets, and it will prove how reliant we are on oil-based plastics, which are not sustainable.”
The trio have so far found smaller shops to be understanding of their aims, but larger businesses seem to have been less interested in reducing plastic waste, and the staff have often drawn a blank when asking packaging manufacturers whether their products contain plastic or not.
Once the challenge comes to an end, the group hope to build on what they have learned and continue to maintain a low plastic way of living, while passing on their experiences to others.
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