We’ve all seen the headlines about the environmental impact that plastic is having, it’s impossible to avoid. Until you stop to think about it you really don’t realise just how much plastic we use in our everyday lives. Many of us have started making changes to try to reduce our plastic consumption but we all need to do more.
Here’s 10 ways that you can reduce your plastic consumption…
1. Say no to plastic straws
Just think, do I really need to use a straw? The answer is probably no. Straws are a big problem in our rivers and oceans, and luckily a lot of food outlets have now started using paper straws which is great news. If you use straws at home consider using paper ones, or even glass or metal reusable straws instead.
2. Consider an organic meat and veg delivery
You will find that many local food suppliers, such as Graig Farm offer organic meat delivery that arrives packaged in cardboard. When you buy your meat from the supermarket you’ll find that it is usually packaged in excessive amounts of plastic. You could also consider shopping at a local fish monger, butcher or greengrocer who will most likely package your food in paper, rather than plastic.
3. Use a reuseable drinks bottle
Don’t be tempted to buy a plastic drinks bottle while you are out and about. Most likely you will finish your drink and throw the bottle in the bin, and never reuse it. Get into the habit of carrying a reusable bottle around with you wherever you go.
4. Consider having your milk delivered
When you have your milk delivered to your door, not only is it convenient but it’s also delivered in glass bottles rather than plastic ones. So when you’ve finished your milk, you simply rinse out the bottle and leave it for your milkman to collect and reuse!
5. Use reuseable shopping bags
Use tote bags instead of plastic shopping bags if possible. They are cheap, reusable and actually a lot stronger than many plastic bags. It’s a no brainer really. At the very least, keep a stash of plastic bags and reuse them. Don’t keep buying new ones each time you go to a shop.
6. Use a reusable coffee cup
Consider using a reuseable coffee cup, some cafes will even offer a discount if you choose to do this. Greenpeace state that 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK, and less than 1 in 400 are recycled which is shocking and can so easily be avoided.
7. Consider using beeswax wraps
Have you heard of beeswax wraps? I hadn’t until recently but they are amazing! As the name suggests they are made from beeswax and cotton and are washable, reuseable and compostable. How clever is that?!
8. Avoid excess packaging
Supermarkets are full of plastic. It can be a minefield but try to make conscious decisions about what you are buying. For example, buying loose fruit and veg is usually cheaper and of course uses less packaging than pre packed options.
9. Say no to plastic cutlery
Sadly lots of food outlets still use single use plastic cutlery and it needs to stop. Try carrying a set of cutlery around with you in you bag, or even in your desk at work.
10. Try shampoo and conditioner bars
Lush, amongst other places now sell reusable shampoo and conditioner bars which are not only amazing for your hair, but they completely cut out plastic. Many of us get through so many plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and face products when actually, there’s lots of different options out there to help you reduce this kind of plastic waste.
Do you have any other tips to add to this list?
Thank you for reading.
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