Welcome to Plastic Is Rubbish. here you can familiarize yourself with us, plastic and the project. Theres an introduction below covering the following topics or follow the links to jump to your subject of interest.
Us & The Boycot
Our plastic waste audit and a cunning plan to cut plastic.
The plastic we boycott Including sneaky plastics you may not know about.
The Plastic We Use You will only get the Dyson when you pry it from my cold dead hands.
Not in my bin – When determining if something is plastic free read more HERE
Plastics that cut plastic here
Alternative compostable plastic products
Because you cant cut it all…
The plastic food we eat
The plastic booze (and some great alternatives), here.
Our plastic free year can be found HERE
Got a fantastic business or plasticfree project? Send us a write up for the P-f U.K. Directory. More information HERE
As Seen In Publications and blogs that have featured us.
Eat My Stats
To see how big our blog is you can read up on our hits and hopes here
Over 350 compostable, plasticfree or at least massively plastic reduced substitutes for hundreds of unnecessary plastic products.
Links & Projects –links to other plastic free people, the U.K. directory and out other projects
The Plastic Around Us
Just think about it!
You get up and wash with your plastic bottles of shampoos and shower gel. Clean your teeth with your plastic toothbrush using tooth paste from a plastic tube which may contain small plastic beads.
Get dressed in your plastic clothes. Bras, tights, underwear and socks all contain some plastic fibres even if the rest of your outfit is only natural fibres (unlikely).
Stumble downstairs and make some toast with your plastic wrapped bread. Please note the foil wrapping of your butter is plastic lined, the metal lid of your honey is plastic lined, your tea bags (the actual bags) contain plastic and the milk comes from a plastic bottle.
Lunchtime and your take out paper cup of coffee is plastic lined. Can of coke – plastic lined. The reciept for the Coke is printed with ink that contain plastic.
Beans on toast for tea? Tins too are plastic lined.
Got lucky? Condoms – made from plastic. Time of the month? Towels and tampons made of plastic.
Almost everything you touch is, or has been wrapped in, plastic. Often both. Almost everything you do results in a huge pile of usually non-biodegradable trash that has to be specially disposed of. Plastic products are already impacting on and damaging the environment and they may be damaging our health. Long term effects are as yet unknown.
Plastic Is Rubbish was created to help individuals reduce their plastic use. The website highlights the problems of plastic over consumption and lists hundreds of plastic-less products and lifestyle hacks.
Plastic the product
The term plastic (when used to describe a synthetic product and not a quality) embraces a huge range of artifacts from glue to kayaks, stockings to tires. Strong, durable, light weight, and cheap, plastics are integral to the development and production of products that have changed the world for the better, (Dyson). Furthermore to replace all plastic products with natural” alternatives would place a huge strain on the environment. But it comes with a huge downside.
Most plastics do not biodegrade or rot. In fact they last for decades, centuries, possibly for ever. They are used to make everything from computers and clothes to crisp packets and condoms. Annual consumption of plastic has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. In the UK we generate nearly 5 million tonnes of plastic rubbish each year most of it packaging, most of it by households. (WRAP). We are making everlasting rubbish… in huge amounts.Many plastic items we use we use for moments before discarding. We create millions of tons of everlasting plastic rubbish each year.
Because these plastics last for decades, maybe centuries, possibly for ever, they cannot be composted or left to rot like organic rubbish. WHICH MEANS that every bit of non-biodegradable plastic rubbish has to be collected up and specially disposed of. Either landfilled, burnt or recycled. All of which have an environmental cost. None of which are completely successful.
In short, we create millions of tons of everlasting plastic rubbish each year. It is not all collected and disposed of. Lots escapes into the environment where it is now a major pollutant and responsible for the maiming and death of wild and domestic animals. Add to that some plastic leach unpleasant chemicals including hormone disruptors. We are ingesting them in increasing amounts with unknown long term health implications. Other plastics release potent carcinogens when burnt making house fires even more unpleasant to be around.
Convenience it seems comes at a price. And it is getting increasingly high.Read more about bad plastic here
Us, The Blog And The Boycott
In October 2006, increasingly alarmed by plastic trash I gave up rubbish plastic and began sourcing sustainable, plastic-free alternatives.
In January 2007 I started the Plastic Is Rubbish blog to help individuals reduce their plastic use.
It offers information about plastic, it’s many uses and the environmental damage caused by it’s misuse and over consumption. It includes a (growing), catalogue of over 300 plastic-free alternatives to daily use items, lifestyle hacks and a directory of plastic aware initiatives.
It has been featured in various newspaper and magazines including the Guardian, Gadling Travel and BBC Blogs. I have written a series of articles on this and other environmental issues for The Huddersfield Examiner.
I live in Yorkshire, with my husband and but without kids or animals. We shop at supermarkets when we have to, eat meat and drink alcohol. Giving up is not in nature. We want to do everything just without creating a huge pile of non-biodegradable, possibly carcinogenic, animal-killing rubbish that future generations will have to clean up.
We dont cut plastic completely, you will only get the Dyson when you pry it from my cold, dead hands, but we aim to stop abusing plastic and encourage the discussion on how and when it should be used.
Our PLastic Boycott
When we first decided to cut out plastic it was hard. Everything comes plastic packaged from soap to shampoo to moisturizer to toothpaste and you have only just got up. And so it goes throughout the day till you return home sweaty and malodorous because you didn’t apply your plastic packed deodorant clutching a cardboard box of eggs and the only unpackaged veg you could find in Lidles! Which isn’t even a vegetable but an unripe avocado. We realised we had to start slow and source one plastic free alternative at a time.
Our plastic waste audit And a cunning plan.
We don’t hate all plastic. Rather we think it is a wonderful product being badly abused.
The Plastic We Boycott
So while we believe that long-lasting plastic products that are recycled at the end of life have an important role to play ( see the plastic we use), using plastic to make one-use, throwaway objects that become everlasting litter is dumb.
We cut unnecessary non-biodegradable plastics. This includes
Single use throwaway items like bags, packaging and bottles,
Items for which there is a viable natural alternative like natural bristle brushes.
Synthetic fibers wherever possible
Plastic lined tins, paper and metal lids
Silly stuff that irritates us
Sneaky plastics in places you might not have thought of You can read more here….
The Plastic We Use
Plastic Is Best – the best material for the application and has been used to make long lasting high quality durable and essential products. Join us in the debate.
Plastic That Cuts Plastic – when using plastic reduces the use of plastic.
Greener plastics like cornstarch and compostable plastics.
Weak Willed – there is no alternative and I am weak.
Read more here
Not in our bin or why we don’t recycle plastic
Plastics are particularly suited to being recycled but rubbish in the recycle bin is still waste. It still has to be collected and treated and this still takes a lot of resources. Recycling does not address the main issue of misusing plastic to make one use throwaway items.
Or what happens when this everlasting litter escapes into the environment
We are not anti recycling. We use long lasting multi use plastic and believe it should be recycled at the end of its life. But recycling should only be used occasionally as an end of life treatment not as a regular method of waste disposal. We believe this to be true of other materials too.such as glass). Recycling is no solution to everlasting rubbish just a better form of waste disposal. On our bad days we consider it practically greenwashing.
We tackle the waste at source by boycotting unnecessary plastic. We want to be able to deal with most of our waste ourselves. If it cant be reused, composted or burnt we don’t care for it. We want no trash in our black bin and no trash in our recycle bin.
Which makes us ….. Really Zero WasteCutting plastic and sourcing compostable alternatives means we are almost there.
Live Plastic Free
Over 350 compostable,plasticfree or at least massively plastic reduced substitutes for hundreds of unnecessary plastic products. Which we have listed in the blog.
Join us and help build the biggest data base ever
The boycott began with a simple premise in response to an increased awareness of plastic rubbish. We wanted to know how much plastic could we cut?
We started by sourcing plastic free alternatives to everyday plastic products. Back then we didn’t know much about plastic and thought primarily in terms of bags and crisp wrappers. We didn’t know for example that plastic was used to line tin cans of food or that it came in liquid form as a glue.
As our boycott progressed we learnt more about plastic. We now blog under several different headings. Please note we are still learning and still cutting plastic.
Welcome a quick introduction to everything
About Plastic everything you need to know about plastic and somethings you wish you didn’t
Bad Plastic – why you need to cut your plastic consumption
Cut plastic – how to cut unnecessary plastic out of your life
Links & Projects –links to other plastic free people, the U.K. directory and out other projects
Us & The Boycott –About us the blog and the boycott rules
If you want to know more about us, how we started blogging and why the boycott, try this link