When we have refused and reduces our consumption of plastic, and we have taken onboard the mentality of reusing what we already have and the new things we buy, what’s left?

What’s left is the ~80% of plastic waste that ends up in landfill or our natural environment every year, and with only a very small ~9% of plastic waste having been recycled, we will not be able to drastically decrease the amount of plastic ending up in our natural environment unless we recycle more. That’s why we have put together our top tips for how you can learn to recycle more.

Did you know, that:

🌊 We recycle the same amount of plastic in Europe as we see entering our oceans each year
🏭 We make and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Most families in the UK throw away ~40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled
🌍 Every year, we throw away enough plastic to circle the world 5 times
📈 Plastic consumption grows by around 4% each year in Western Europe, meaning that within 20 years we will have doubled our current plastic use

Do you want to do something about this?

Here are a few great small changes you can do to contribute to the solution! We can do it, together!


In addition to this list, we have written a BASIC RECYCLING GUIDE for you to get to know the most common recycling signs, their meaning, and resources so that you can get to know what, how, and where to recycle in your local area.

It is important to remember that going on a journey to reduce the plastic you use will only really succeed if you allow yourself time and taking on little conscious challenges that eventually become unconscious behavior. You also need to have fun along the way!

Written by the Nature Unite team