Reduce My Rubbish
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Single-use products are products that are only used once before they are thrown away. Huge amounts of resources and energy are used to create these products and some of them take thousands of years to break down; this all comes at a huge cost to our planet.
Plastics are often used to create single-use products and this can have a devastating impact on our seas and environment. Of the 320 million tonnes of plastic we produce globally every year – the same weight as every human on Earth! – around 50% of this is intended for single-use purposes. Although likely to have only been used for a few moments, these single-use plastics are destined to pollute for centuries.
Visit our swap2save pages for 12 great ways that you can swap single-use products for reusable alternatives, saving you money and the planet at the same time.
Sign up to the single-use charter to pledge to reduce your single-use and get regular updates and ideas.
Balloons and sky lanterns are examples of single use products. They are often released as a way of commemorating the passing of a loved one, or for a fundraising event. Sadly, unexpired sky lanterns pose a significant fire hazard. Livestock and wildlife on both the land and sea can be lost as a result of ingestion of parts from sky lanterns and balloon debris.
Click here to find exciting alternatives ideas, and join hundreds of people and organisations in Norfolk pledging to no longer release sky lanterns and balloons.