This post is something that means a lot to me and hopefully can be helpful. Many Bermudians realize that Bermuda does not recycle plastic. When I’ve looked into this issue, I’ve gotten a range of responses saying it’s too expensive, we don’t have enough space on the island for a recycling plant or that burning plastic is actually better for our planet (umm?). Regardless of the reason, it seems that we’re not going to implement a plastic recycling plan anytime soon so in the meantime it’s important to try to REDUCE our use of plastic. I’m outlining some ideas of how to get Bermudians involved and aware about plastic consumption.
1. Say NO to plastic bags
- Many cities and towns in the United States have placed charges or outright banned plastic bags. While this is not the case in Bermuda (yet??) consumers can do our own part to reducehow many plastic bags we use. The best way to reduce your plastic bag usage is by bringing your own bag when you shop! My favourite local company for reusable tote bags is Bermunitees – their merchandise will guarantee to make you proud to be Bermudian! To make it even better, some of their proceeds go towards local charities.
2. Support local ‘green’ businesses
- There are quite a few businesses and companies that have taken the initiative to ‘go green’ and make the effort to provide eco services that the consumer can feel good about! Nonna’s Kitchen encourages people to reuse bags by charging a small fee for single-use bags provided by the restaurant. Nonna’s Kitchen is the first business in Bermuda to adopt this initiative! The money from the bag charge will be used to plant endemic trees in Bermuda’s nature reserves. Rock Island Coffee also offers a discount for anyone that orders coffee or tea and brings their own reusable coffee cup. Take the initiative to find out what sort of green efforts your favourite local companies are making and encourage them to become more eco-friendly!
3. Say NO to plastic straws
- Oh man I can’t even handle how bad and wasteful plastic straws are. While plastic bags are bad, there is sometimes hope that people may reuse them but plastic straws are almost never reused (it’s practically impossible/ unhygienicto do so). You can either avoid using straws all together or if you’re like me and you feel your drink just tastes that much better out of a straw, you can bring your own! Luckily there’s companies out there that sell reusable straws! This one is a little harder to get into the habit of but once you’re used to it, it’s super easy to remember and make an impact. Salt and Cedar sells glass reusable straws (the one pictured here) and they can be delivered anywhere on the island!
4. Reuse your take-out containers
- So this is one I’ve gotten a few weird looks for but it’s definitely worth it and people are starting to catch on! Instead of throwing out your plastic containers, wash them out and bring them back to put your next take-out meal in them. You can also use them for leftovers at home instead of buying new containers.
5. Buy a reusable water bottle
- One of the best ways to reduce plastic use is by not using disposable bottled water. Water is a life source so why are we even paying for it in the first place?? Tap water in Bermuda is perfectly safe to drink since we’ve perfected the system of catching fresh water on our rooftops. Instead of buying bottled water, you can buy reusable bottles and refill them. There’s a few stores in Bermuda that sell reusable water bottles that are not only good for the environment but look good too! There’s a couple great places on the island to get reusable water bottles. ESC Limited sells Corksicle Bottles and Atelerie sells S’well Bottles – I have to admit I can’t decide which is better so I own both in different sizes!
I hope this list helps Bermudians to change some habits and reduce their use of plastic! If any readers know of or are involved in any eco-friendly or plastic-reducing initiatives please comment or send me a message, I’d love to hear!