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Can we have a plastic free lifestyle?

Achieving a plastic free lifestyle can be a challenge, but step by step, and by integrating small changes, we can all contribute to reducing the volume of plastic accumulating in our rivers and oceans. Throughout 2022, Sea Sense Flip Flops will highlight initiatives, and give tips on how we can all refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle.


If you don’t need it, just refuse it. Our focus here is single-use plastics, such as cutlery, water bottles or containers used in take-out food sales, over-packaged products, plastic bags, and wet wipes (which are often full of plastic). We produce more than 400 million tons of plastic a year worldwide, and more than a third of that is used to make packaging – most of it single-use[1]

It will not come as a surprise, then, to know that most of the items collected to date on our community clean-up actions have been single-use items.

Across Europe and more globally, initiatives to cut back our reliance on the use of single-use items seem to be gathering pace, with bans or taxes introduced for single-use items like bags, cotton buds and straws. France has brought in further measures this year as part of the 2020 anti-waste law for a more circular economy, such as:

– A ban on ‘over-packaging’ all fruit and veg weighing less than 1.5kg

– Public indoor spaces are required to provide access to drinking water

– Magazines and advertisements must be sent without plastic packaging

– A ban on tea bags made from non-biodegradable plastic

This is a good start, but our daily lives are still filled with single-use plastic items. Within the project, partners work with communities, schools, and businesses to promote a move away from these items where possible by targeting and developing solutions with and for specific sectors, and raising public awareness of plastic pollution.