I had an idea last week, to create a Swap Out Plastic Challenge to share ideas, raise awareness and promote changes and solutions to swap plastic items for plastic free, sustainable alternatives.
The challenge is open to everyone, to share your personal process of swapping out plastics. This could be a couple of sentences, a tip, a photo, a selfie, artwork, music… anything that can inspire and help others to make the change! Don’t forget to tag your posts using #SwapOutPlasticChallenge and #ZeroWasteBulkFoods
At the end of every month I will select a winner for the most helpful / inspiring post. The winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend online at www.zerowastebulkfoods.co.uk.
Let’s work together to share ideas, lead by example and influence our circle of friends. The health of our planet and our bodies need change now.
In essence, plastic is having a detrimental effect on the planet and most probably our health. The Centre for Environmental Law has described plastic as a “global health crisis hiding in plain sight.” 
It has been widely publicised that plastic doesn’t degrade and eventually ends up in landfill or the ocean. We don’t know how long it takes for plastic to breakdown – it is estimated that it could take thousands of years to degrade. 
Plastics In The Ocean, Landfill, Soil, Air and Water
Every year 5 million to 14 million tons of plastic flow into our oceans from coastal areas. Sunlight, wind, waves, and heat break down the plastics into smaller bits called microplastics (plastic particles smaller than 5mm in diameter) and nanoparticles (less than 0.1 micrometre in size), that look—to plankton, bivalves, fish, and even whales—a lot like food. 
Free-floating pollutants that wash off the land and into our seas—such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heavy metals—tend to adhere to the surfaces of microplastics. 
Microplastics have been found in fish and seafood for consumption by humans. 
Plastic in landfills also leach potentially toxic substances into the soil and water. Approximately one third of all plastic waste ends up in soil or freshwater, which breaks down into microplastics and nanoparticles and enters the food chain.