Environmentalist Karoline Hanks hell-bent on curbing Cape's plastic footpint

Environmental writer and activist Karoline Hanks is campaigning for the minimisation of waste and finding innovative ways to reuse plastic across the Mother City.

Hanks has encouraged all citizens to produce less waste and reuse, reduce and recycle at ll times.

She advocates for the reduction on single-use plastics and the use of alternative products.

Hanks says basic lifestyle changes can have an impact on reducing an individuals plastic footprint.

We need to connect the dots and realise our behaviour is having a massive impact.

Karoline Hanks, environmental writer and activist

She suggest individuals start with small changes such as rejecting plastic straws at restaurants and refusing bottled water and barrier bags in the supermarket.

Hanks has in the past taken the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon to task for the amount of plastic waste generated by the event.

Read: Two Oceans Marathon to tackle post-event litter problem

She says her family and several moving wildlife encounters have influenced her passion for waste reduction.

My mother was a recycling zealot in her time, back in the 70s.

Karoline Hanks, environmental writer and activist

She unpacked the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife and human health and offered her advice on alternative solutions.

Take a listen to her inspiring story and the campaigns she's currently working on:

Hanks has encourage people to watch the below video:

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