One of the reasons I like preloved so much is that I hate to think of items being binned just because someone has outgrown them or fallen out of love with them.
I worry a lot about the amount we are sending to landfill, but there's another huge dumping ground on our planet which doesn't get talked about quite so much. That dumping ground is our oceans.
It is estimated that 6.4 million tonnes of plastic finds it's way into our seas every year. This can be through dumping, containers falling off ships or through damage to cargo ships.
More shocking statistics can be found at The Ocean Crusaders website, such as:
THERE ARE BELIEVED TO BE 46,000 PIECES OF PLASTIC IN EVERY SQUARE MILE OF OCEAN.
100,000 MARINE CREATURES A YEAR ARE KNOWN TO DIE FROM PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENT.
APPROXIMATELY 1 MILLION SEA BIRDS ALSO DIE FROM PLASTIC.
AT LEAST TWO THIRDS OF THE WORLD’S FISH ARE SUFFERING FROM PLASTIC INGESTION.
This is why I'm so pleased that Ecover are working with Waste Free Oceans to try and tackle this problem.
They have teamed up to collect sea plastic for use in their limited edition washing up liquid bottles which will be on sale exclusively through Tesco stores week commencing 15th June only.
The bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, with 10% being ocean plastic which has been collected by fishing boats.
Kitted out with special technology, these European boats are fishing out between one and eight tonnes of plastic waste per catch.
This really is a re-use scheme I can get behind. This new bottle follows Ecover's pledge in 2013 that they would use new types of recycled plastic in their packaging. This year, they will be using one tonne of Ocean Plastic and aim to increase to three tonnes next year.
Have you managed to re-use something this week? Found a pre-loved bargain or rescued something from landfill?
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Disclosure: We were sent a sample bottle of washing up liquid from Tesco.