Anyone who recently watched Blue Planet II cannot fail to have been moved by the hawksbill turtle getting caught up in a plastic sack. For this little guy, the camera crew was nearby to release him and he swam happily away, unharmed. Other marine life and wildlife, in general, are not so lucky.
For over 45 years the world’s consumption and production of plastic has continued to rise. Everyone knows that plastic is strong, lightweight and flexible – an attractive mix of properties that has lead us to over-use plastic goods. Our worldwide attraction to plastic along with humans discarding and littering, in other words, polluting, has now become a massive global problem.
Bird corpses rest on beaches, with plastic lingering where their stomach has been - seabirds choose brightly coloured plastic like blue, red, and pink as it resembles their own food.
From failing to recycle properly, leaving litter on the beach, discarding rubbish in parks, gardens, and streets we are creating an enormous wildlife crisis – one which we need to do something about and quickly.
Haith’s is passionate about nature and the environment and - over recent years - we have made numerous changes to our warehouse, offices, and packaging. Our parcels are despatched in biodegradable bags and recycled cardboard is used to place in our boxes for protection against damage en-route to our customers. Any spare paper and plastics are separated into bins and recycled where possible even our kitchen waste is dealt with in the same way. When we do use plastic, we aim to make sure it’s re-useable as single-use offerings seem resource hungry.
Our wooden products are sourced for their 100% FSC reliability and many months ago we made the decision to remove the plastic netting from our suet balls – thus helping to reduce plastic pollution and any danger to garden birds getting caught in the net.
In the near future, we also hope to use paper packaging even for our smaller 500g and 1 kg weights, our complete range of seeds will then be plastic free.
Members of the Haith’s team have also been encouraged to recycle more both at work and home. Single-use plastic water bottles were once a common sight around our offices but staff have now invested in reusable water bottles – a simple change that reduced our plastic waste immediately.
But even outside of work our team wishes to give something back to nature so this spring we are arranging our very own beach clean. We are lucky enough to live right on the Lincolnshire coast along the Humber so we plan to gather up a group of staff, friends, and family head along to the local beach and do what we can to clear it up. No paint-balling or pretending to be a zombie for us – a team building exercise outside with nature helping to reduce plastic pollution is more our thing.
We urge everyone to seriously think about the plastic they use and more importantly how to dispose of it in the correct way. Use your local recycling containers, take advantage of council recycling facilities but also help to spread the word about how important it is that we don’t drop litter and let us all work to reduce the amount of plastic we use, together we can all make a difference to tidy up our own part, and the wider world, before it’s too late.