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Plastic is everywhere in our daily lives. I'm writing this on a computer with plastic parts, using a plastic keyboard powered through a plastic plug. You'll be reading this on something similar, or maybe on a plastic mobile phone.

Suggesting that people stop using plastic bank cards, plugs, contact lenses, medicine casings, biros, asthma inhalers, £5 notes or plasters (to name a few items!) is unrealistic.

But a huge amount of plastic packaging is designed to be used once then thrown away. And with these plastics, there are small but effective changes we can all make in our day-to-day lives.

Find your Plastic Footprint and see how you can tweak your lifestyle to reduce it. Here's the first question:

How many drinks in plastic bottles do you buy a week?

1 bottle 2 bottles 3 bottles Another amount

Many plastic items are almost impossible to avoid - no matter how hard you try to seek alternatives they can be difficult to get hold of, too expensive or just simply not available.

That's not to say we shouldn't be calling for change and pressuring companies to come up with alternatives. A rubbish truck load of plastic enters the ocean every minute - and we need businesses to take responsibility for the plastic they're producing.

We've included some ways you can help put pressure on companies and manufacturers to reduce their plastic impact - but we can also take action closer to home.

Calculate my Plastic Footprint

Of course even in situations where we seemingly have a choice to avoid single-use plastics, there are always exceptions. Some of us have access to a limited range of shops, meaning that if we need to pick something up for dinner we might only have plastic-wrapped options to choose from!

This isn't about trying to avoid plastic altogether (bus handles, bike helmets, swimming goggles, phone chargers.) But it is about trying to do what you can to reduce the demand for plastic production. And a great place to start is with throwaway plastic packaging.

Since the plastic bag charge was introduced in the UK, use has dropped by upto 85% and many people in the UK now carry reusable shopping bags. But we don't have to wait for legislation to start making change happen.

Find out what you can do to take action today:

Calculate my Plastic Footprint

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