Plastic isn’t all bad. It’s actually a great material that helps us navigate our busy lives. Thanks to plastics, we have computers, state of the art machines to detect health issues and we’ve even been able to travel to the moon and back!
It’s our misuse of plastic that’s the problem. We pointlessly use plastics everyday. Most of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of use. Many plastics end up in landfills or in the environment and can take up to a thousand years to break down.
Our misuse of plastic is crippling our environment, killing wildlife and damaging our health.
It's up to every business, every organisation, every school, every individual to tackle and find ways to reduce our use of pointless plastic. The 5RS below are a great way to start!
Make your commitment to reducing your use of pointless plastic. Find out more by visiting the Live Here Love Here Plastic Promise page. You can make a Plastic Promise as an individual, community group or organisation. Together we can kick the habit of pointless plastic.
Plastic litter is on the rise during COVID-19. We are #InThisTogether. Find out how you can do your bit here.
Did you know, experts have advised that by employing basic hygiene, reusables are as safe to use as single-use plastic during Covid-19?
In March 2021, our Chief Executive Dr. Ian Humphreys spoke to Good Morning Ulster here and with U105's Frank Mitchell here to to discuss the Top 25 Producers associated with branded litter in NI. See below Dr. Humphreys' appearance on Bauer Media NI's 'Business Bites' in March 2021:
Our litter loathing puppet is 'absolutely ragin' about single-use coffee cups, plastic bags, plastic straws and marine litter and Barry the Blender Henderson saying 'ditch the straws ya posers'! Help us to raise awareness of pointless plastic by sharing on Facebook.
Find out what we really know about NI's plastic problem.
How can you make Christmas the most wonderful (not the most wasteful) time of the year? We share our thoughts with Belfast Live . Click here for Top Sustainable Christmas tips, click here for alternatives to wrapping paper and if you click here you'll discover sustainable stocking filler ideas from local environmentally-minded businesses (correct December 2020).
Watch our manic minute challenge - BelfastLive talks crisps, time travel and Glasto with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.