Do you want to help reduce the amount of plastic entering our seas and rivers?
Do you want to help fight environmentally-damaging fatbergs?
Well, it’s easier than you think. Through Unblocktober, you can make small changes to your habits and the way you dispose of certain everyday items in order to make big changes to the environment – at a time when it needs our help more than ever.
It’s easy – so come and join us in making October… Unblocktober!
What is Unblocktober?
Unblocktober is the world’s first month-long campaign and awareness month to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas – driven completely by the public.
Our sewer networks are under ever-increasing pressure – because of our irresponsible actions over the course of many decades. For too long we have consistently flushed and poured dangerous liquids and items into our drains.
This leads to the creation of fatbergs – enormous masses of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet wipes, period care products, cotton buds, condoms, nappies, bandages and much more – which block drains and sewers and cause them to work less effectively than they should.
When sewers and drains get blocked, it can cause any or all of the following:
- Foul waste flooding
- Excavation and repair, causing roadworks
However, it can also lead to plastic pollution, which is another global crisis that we need to fight.
Nappies, period care products, cotton buds and many other items are non-biodegradable because they contain hidden plastics.
Putting them in our drains increases the chances of plastic making its way into our rivers and seas – into which approximately 8 million pieces of plastic find their way every day.
The good news is you can make a big difference, but without having to make a big effort.
How to Get Involved
All we want is for you to pay more attention to what you put down the drain this October and commit to putting none of the following down your drains or toilets for the whole month:
- Cooking oil
- Food – even crumbs!
- Anything containing plastic, including:
- Wet wipes
- Tampons, applicators and wrappers
- Sanitary/menstrual pads and towels
- Cotton buds
- Contact lenses
- Bandages and plasters
- Razor blades
- Dental floss
Take the Unblocktober Challenge By Signing Up Today
Are you ready to do your bit for the environment this year? If so, sign up for Unblocktober today at http://www.unblocktober.org