[010] #2MINUTESOLUTIONS TO PLASTIC POLLUTION WITH MARTIN DOREY FROM #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN - Sustainable(ish)

[010] #2MINUTESOLUTIONS TO PLASTIC POLLUTION WITH MARTIN DOREY FROM #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN

As this episode goes live, we're right in the middle of Plastic Free July, a global movement to encourage people to reduce their consumption of single use plastics. Since Blue Planet II it feels like the world is finally waking up to the impact of plastic pollution on our planet, which is fabulous, but it can also feel really overwhelming.
In this episode I'm chatting to Martin Dorey, founder of the #2minutebeachclean campaign. Martin is a writer, surfer and activist, who wanted to take action to help to clean up the beaches near him in Cornwall. In 2013 he took a picture of the litter he had collected and shared it on social media with the #2minutebeachclean hashtag, thinking that if just one person joined in, that would double his beach cleaning efforts.
Since then over 79,000 posts have been shared on IG using the hashtag, and the latest estimate is that at least 130 tonnes of plastic has been picked!
Martin has now taken the next logical step, and created the #2minutesolution - small, easy things we can ALL do to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in the oceans.

More...

Useful links

#2minutebeachclean website

#2minutbeachclean on IG

#2minutebeachclean on Twitter

Martin's book - No. More. Plastic - what you can do to make a difference

The #2minutebeachclean app
- on iOS
- on Android

Blog post: 7 easy ways to reduce microfibre pollution

Blog post: Plastic free tea

Podcast 009 - 4 easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint today

My Sustainable Life FB community(do come and join us!)

The Sustainable Living Hub - for anyone looking for more inspiration, motivation and support to start, or continue on, their sustainable living journey

Here's what you'll learn

  • The problems with plastic, and why they're everyone's problem
  • How to take responsibility for leaving the space around you better than you found it, in just 2 minutes!
  • The power of YOU and YOUR actions
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    Why positivity is key
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    Why being 'plastic-conscious' is more achievable than being 'plastic-free'

Top Tips for Reducing Plastic Use

  • Tackle the Big 4 - choose re-usable versions of water bottles, coffee cups, shopping bags and plastic straws
  • Choose unpackaged fruit and veg whenever you can
  • Do a #2minutebeachclean, #2minutelitterpick or #2minutestreetclean
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    Think about 'end of life' for the things you buy - where will it end up and what impact could it have?

ACTION
YOU CAN TAKE AFTER LISTENING

BABY STEPS
  • Dig out your re-usable shopping bags and remember to take them with you!
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    Find a re-usable coffee cup that you love - there are so many different ones out there!
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    Make sure everyone in your family has a re-usable water bottle
BIGGER STEPS
  • Do a 'plastic audit' - keep your plastic waste for a week and dive in to identify your main plastic culprits
  • Get a fruit and veg box delivered to reduce your plastic packaging in one easy step
  • See if you have a local milkman who can deliver milk in glass bottles
GREAT STRIDES
  • See if you can go a whole week without single use plastics...!

So what are your 'takeaways'?
What actions can you take THIS WEEK after listening to this?
I'd love to hear your thoughts, and especially if you've been inspired to switch to a renewable energy tariff - do leave a comment below, or come and join in the conversation in my Sustainable Life community on FB!

FEELING INSPIRED TO
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