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Tackling Plastic

Tackling Plastic 

What's the problem?

Plastic isn’t all bad. It’s actually a great material that helps us navigate our busy lives. Thanks to plastic, we have computers, state of the art machines to detect health issues and we’ve even been able to travel to the moon and back.

It’s our misuse of plastic that’s the problem. We pointlessly use plastic everyday. Most of it is thrown away within minutes of use. Most plastic ends up in landfill or the environment and can take up to a thousand years to break down.

Our misuse of plastic is crippling our environment, killing wildlife and damaging our health.

It's up to every business, every organisation, every school, every individual to tackle and find ways to reduce our use of pointless plastic. The 5RS below are a great way to start! 


Make your Plastic Promise

Make your commitment to reducing your use of pointless plastic. Find out more by visiting the Live Here Love Here Plastic Promise page. You can make a Plastic Promise as an individual, community group or organisation. Together we can kick the habit of pointless plastic.

Tackling Plastic During Covid-19

Plastic litter is on the rise during COVID-19. We are #InThisTogether. Find out how you can do your bit here.

We spoke to Belfast Live during #PlasticFreeJuly about reducing your environmental hit during Covid-19 here and with Business First on returning to work without pointless plastic here.

Did you know, experts have advised that by employing basic hygiene, reusables are as safe to use as single-use plastic during Covid-19?

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In March 2021, our Chief Executive Dr Ian Humphreys spoke to Good Morning Ulster here and with U105's Frank Mitchell here to to discuss the Top 25 Producers associated with branded litter in NI. See below Dr Humphreys' appearance on Bauer Media NI's 'Business Bites' in March 2021:


Our litter loathing puppet is 'absolutely ragin' about single-use coffee cups, plastic bags, plastic straws  and marine litter and Barry the Blender Henderson saying 'ditch the straws ya posers'! Help us to raise awareness of pointless plastic by sharing on Facebook.

Find out what we really know about NI's plastic problem.

Our team talk about the evolution of plastic and single-use plastic during Covid-19 with Love Belfast and how to have a 'Green Halloween' with BelfastLive.

How can you make Christmas the most wonderful (not the most wasteful) time of the year? We share our thoughts with Belfast Live . Click here for Top Sustainable Christmas tips, click here for alternatives to wrapping paper and if you click here you'll discover sustainable stocking filler ideas from local environmentally-minded businesses (correct December 2020).

Read about journo Ryan Smith from BelfastLive plastic free challenge and what did he learn?!

Watch our manic minute challenge - BelfastLive talks crisps, time travel and Glasto with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.