The Environmental Impact of Plastics

Throughout my career, I have been privileged to travel around the world visiting beautiful countries, seeing incredible animals and stunning landscapes and I wholeheartedly believe in protecting and preserving these areas of natural beauty for generations to come.

Over the last five decades it has been estimated that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been manufactured and with more than twelve million tonnes going into the oceans every year, there could be more plastic than fish by 2050* - an extremely alarming thought!

Day to day, I try to limit the amount of plastic I use, whether I’m at home or at my pub. I try to shop for home grown, local produce to reduce my carbon footprint in any way I can and remember my mum having the most wonderful vegetable patch in the garden when I was young, so, from an early age I recognised eating healthily and organically is the best way to live!

A simple way I began to reduce my plastic consumption was by saying no to plastic carrier bags and opting instead for a more sustainable and natural alternatives such as canvas bags or natural wicker baskets.

I use my Luxury Hester wicker basket from Englana to collect my food shopping and my Gilbert wicker basket for carrying muddy home grown veg and flowers into the house from my garden. Their wipe clean linings mean I can re-use the baskets again and again for any use I can imagine – family picnics, a day out at the races or the ultimate storage solution around the house.

The baskets are hand-crafted here in the UK, using centuries old techniques to weave the Somerset willow into shape. What I love about these baskets is their robust yet elegant design which is perfect for everyday living – and more importantly, a truly sustainable choice! 

I believe that if we all work together and make small changes, we can have a positive impact on the environment. Since the plastic carrier bag charge has been announced, there have been 9 billion fewer plastic bags in England* – a fantastic result, taking us a step closer to more sustainable living!

To view more of Englana’s sustainable collections, hand-crafted here in Britain visit our collections page.

* Statistics taken from Friends of the Earth

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