10 Easy Ways You Can Help Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Plastic Free July swaps to reduce single use plastic

It’s Plastic Free July and we wanted to carry on the tradition of sharing some easy alternatives to single-use plastic you can incorporate in your lives to help reduce waste and keep our Earth clean and healthy!

  1. Instead of plastic containers, wash and reuse any old glass/jam jars as containers for general use.
  2. Stop buying groceries packaged in plastic and instead, buy food from plastic-free bulk stores and local farmer’s markets.
  3. Instead of buying your morning coffee in a plastic lined cup, make your own coffee at home or have your coffee in the restaurant in a reusable mug!
  4. To avoid single-use plastic bottles, drink more tap water (it’s free!), use your own water bottles or if you are worried about tap water, invest in a water filter.
  5. Instead of getting your takeaway in a plastic box, bring your own glass or stainless-steel containers.
  6. Why use plastic clingfilm to preserve your food when we have wax wraps that can last longer under the proper care and keep food fresh! (You can buy them or make your own beeswax wraps – it’s a fun DIY activity!)
  7. Instead of plastic disposable cutlery, opt-in for reusable cutlery made from stainless steel or bamboo.
  8. Still using a standard plastic toothbrush? Try bamboo/wooden/sustainably sourced materials for your next toothbrush – keep the environment and your teeth clean!
  9. We know that sometimes the feeling of buying a new book to read can be really exciting, but instead of paper books, why not try online editions of ebooks or invest in a kindle to have access to many more books online?
  10. Does your daily lotion come in a plastic container? Use a lotion bar to moisturise your skin (and if you are concerned about hidden toxins in your lotions you could learn to make your own lotion bars or store your liquid lotion in a suitable container).

We hope these tips will be simple and useful, try them out and let us know how you get on! If you have more tips you'd like to share with us, please don't hesitate to reach out, we'd love to hear from you!

 

Written by: Georgina Weston


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