Helping your child have a totally plastic free school bag this new school term means starting with…the bag!
School bags can be heavy plastic things. Plastic buckles, plastic straps, whatever it is, it all contributes to the problem of plastic pollution - an issue now considered as serious a threat to the environment as climate change.
If you can find a canvas bag with metal buckles in your local charity shop then that is pretty close to as good as it can get. However, if you can’t find anything like that in your area then eBay and Google are your friends.
The best way to approach the problem of plastics in pencil cases is to look for “hacks”. For example, how about putting your child’s pencils and pens in a canvas shopping bag, wrapping them up and putting them in their rucksack?
Or alternatively, go old school. Old school tin or steel pencil cases are still widely available and can easily be found online for around £5 - remember to check that the packaging is plastic free!
Lunchboxes are perhaps the biggest plastic item of any back to school kit. They are also a large contributor to climate change. Did you know China alone produces15 billion plastic lunchboxes per year?
Sandwich bags, cling film whatever you’re using to wrap sandwiches in if it’s made from plastic it’s bad for the environment. This even includesbiodegradable sandwich bags as they just break down into smaller pieces of plastic, which inevitably end up in the ocean.
The plastic water bottle - one of the biggest villains when it comes to plastic pollution. We produce around a million plastic bottles per minute and by 2021annual production of plastic bottles is set to top half-a-trillion.
A reusable, food grade stainless steel water bottle will not only help you play your part in reducing plastic pollution, it will also last you for ages and save you a fortune. Our 750 ml water bottles are made from 100% food grade stainless steel. They’re tough, durable, easy to clean and give a fresh taste every day.