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World Environment Day 2023

It’s time to #beatplasticpollution…

This year, World Environment Day falls on 5th June, and 2023’s focus is on plastic pollution. Led by the UN’s Environment Programme, organisers are asking people and organisations around the world to change their habits so we can help #beatplasticpollution – because the plastic stats are sobering, to say the least.

More than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide every year – a staggering half of which is designed to be used only once. Microplastics – tiny plastic particles up to 5mm in diameter – are now in our food, water and air. It’s estimated that each of us eats and drinks more than 50,000 plastic particles per year, and that doesn’t even include the amount of plastic that’s inhaled. Clearly, something has to change.

Here at Yallamundi, we know the sheer scale of sustainability issues can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. But we also know that small changes can add up to a big difference – it’s the belief that drives our year-round commitment to sustainability. From our tree-planting activities to the certification of our carbon neutral eggs, we keep sustainability at the heart of everything we do. In fact, our 100% recyclable egg cartons are compostable, meaning they can actively help to improve the land – a little way we can make a big difference for generations to come.

So what can we all do to limit our single-use plastic use?  Obviously it helps to always have reusable shopping bags on hand at home or in the car, carry a refillable water bottle and reusable coffee cup, and choose products that come in recyclable packaging. If you can’t avoid single-use plastics when it comes to things like shampoo, body wash and cleaning products, try buying in larger sizes – one larger bottle is more sustainable than two separate ones. Finally, always scout around for a reusable option – from straws to cling wrap, clever brands have come up with reusable options for most single-use plastics.

Here at the farm, we’re pledging to take a moment and think about the small changes we can make to limit the single-use plastic in our lives. As well as that, we’ll also keep working hard to produce delicious, nutritious food packaged in the most sustainable way possible – this World Environment Day, and every day.