When it comes to waste-free living, or even just limiting the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis, we often think that this might be too much to expect from the average person. The change to a less wasteful lifestyle is generally seen as incredibly difficult and not really something many people want to even think about. Considering the sheer quantity of plastic we are surrounded with nowadays, living completely plastic-free is not an easy task to pull off – but simply limiting how much it we acquire and waste is not hard at all. Moreover, the belief people do not want to try to be better about the issue turns out to be a myth as well – according to a new survey, nine out of 10 people want supermarkets to introduce a “plastic-free aisle”!
The poll was commissioned by campaign group A Plastic Planet, reports The Independent. 2,000 British adults were asked what their thoughts were on the issue of plastic-free aisles in the stores – and their response may seem surprising. An overwhelming 91 percent of people supported the idea of aisles free from plastic packaging. 81 percent stated that they were concerned about the amount of plastic packaging getting thrown away in the country.
A Plastic Planet said it was clear that the public wished for an alternative to “goods laden with plastic packaging” – and, come to think of it, this kind of alternative would be one of the biggest possible steps towards making more people choose less plastic. As it is, most people don’t succeed in limiting plastic bags and bottles from our households because most goods and packaged foods come in them.
Fortunately, more and more people are waking up to the reality of how much plastic is polluting the planet, and they’re seeking out information about the negative effects of this material. Every year, we produce 300 million tons of plastic and around 8.8 million tons of it get dumped in the oceans, threatening countless animals, many of which are on the verge of extinction as a result. The good news is people are looking for alternatives.
“Consumer demand for products that generate less plastic waste is higher than ever,” Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, told The Independent. “A plastic-free aisle would help supermarkets meet the needs of shoppers who are fed up of buying products covered with layer after layer of throwaway plastic.” He added: “For years we’ve able to buy gluten-free, dairy-free, and fat-free, so why no plastic-free?”
If you think this is a great idea, why not pitch it to your local store? Consumer demand can have a huge positive influence!
To learn more about how to use less plastic in your everyday life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
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