Posted on: June 21, 2018, in Community, DID YOU KNOW, Latest News, Wildlife

We cannot rest on our laurels, and while we have made progress on many environmental initiatives over the years at Umngazi, we have to continue to develop our work in this area.  One area that we are currently focusing on is reducing our reliance on one-use plastic hence the introduction of the “No Straw Campaign!” as well as the “Beach Litter Drive”. It’s important for us to raise environmental awareness among our guests and team and reduce the impact we have on the environment without compromising quality and experience.
On our ‘conscious living journey’ we need to focus on the following tips on how to be more mindrun in re-using what we already have and minimising the use of plastic.

  • Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw
  • Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often!
  • Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
  • Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
  • Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  • Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop
  • Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
  • Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods!
  • The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money.
  • Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor

#Straws Suck
Beach Litter Drive at Umngazi

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