Timer Challenge: Can you avoid single-use plastic for a day?

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

People across the UK are being urged to take the #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge and find out how long they can go without using pointless plastic.


At Recycle Ink we are encouraging everyone, any business, any school, any pupil, any charity to return empty ink cartridges to us free of charge using our FREEPOST or collection box service rather than disposing the cartridges to landfill. Please get involved!


In the meantime why not follow the challenge Friends of the Earth have set?



Single-use plastic is still too often an unavoidable part of our everyday lives, despite huge public concern over the impact of plastic on our wildlife, and moves to ditch items such as straws, bags and coffee cups.

The #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge, which is organised by Friends of the Earth, will give people the chance to see how long they can go without encountering unwanted plastic – and shine a spotlight on just how much of our lives comes coated in plastic.

Taking part is simple. Start the timer on your phone and leave it running until you use your first bit of single-use plastic - such as plastic-wrapped food, plastic drinks container or bag. Then hit the stop button.

Register on the #DrasticOnPlastic web page: foe.uk/0702-timer-challenge (or via the Friends of the Earth web site) - and you’ll be sent a form where you can enter your time, as well as information on the plastic item that ended your challenge. This will help Friends of the Earth to build a picture of where action on alternatives is still needed.

The plastic challenge is part of Friends of the Earth’s new #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, which highlights the fact that action so far on single-use plastic is just the tip of the iceberg.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the public to back its campaign for new legislation to require tougher government action on single-use plastic and other sources of plastic pollution.

The Friends of the Earth website is also packed with tips and advice to help cut back on plastic: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics

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