plastic footprint noun [C]
a measurement of the amount of plastic that someone uses and then discards, considered in terms of the resulting damage caused to the environment
As such, Greenpeace suggests a number of small changes people can make to reduce their plastic footprint. The first steps involve avoiding buying items such as plastic bottles of water and carrying a permanent or reusable one instead. It also advises using a refillable cup when buying takeaway coffee to help cut down on the estimated 2.5 billion disposable cups discarded every year in the UK.
[The Telegraph, 10 January 2018]
nonsumption noun [U]
UK /nɒn.ˈsʌmp.ʃᵊn/ US /nɑːn.ˈsʌmp.ʃᵊn/
the activity of not buying new items but instead making them or buying them second-hand, in order to minimize the damage caused to the environment
The chief factor behind this growing demand for second-hand goods is the ethos of ultra-low environmental impact, or “nonsumption”. Purists are willing to invest time in browsing the internet and junk stores rather than buying anything new (and thus bearing responsibility for creating material demand).
[Sunday Times, 15 April 2018]
bottle school noun [C]
UK /ˈbɒt.ᵊl.skuːl/ US /ˈbɑː.tᵊl.skuːl/
a school building made out of discarded plastic bottles that have been stuffed with other waste materials that would otherwise be harmful to the environment
It takes around 6,500 bottles to build a two-classroom bottle school and the whole community participates, collecting the bottles and packing them full of the other non-biodegradable trash. The final product? A community-built school and a cleaner village.
[www.huffingtonpost.com, 6 December 2017]