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Ditch The Plastic

Written by Heather Maude // Posted on // Found in TopicalLife

The impact of single-use plastic on our environment has always been a problem, but more recently people are actively making a change to reduce their plastic usage where possible. Several large businesses have already done their bit by replacing things such as plastic straws and bags with biodegradable alternatives. Others have opted to charge money for single-use plastics such as takeaway coffee cup lids in an attempt to encourage them to bring their own, reusable options.
We’ve all seen the videos of the turtle with the plastic straw stuck in its nose and the oceans littered with plastic. These are enough to make anyone want to reduce their plastic usage, but where do we start?

Buy fresh
Walk down the supermarket aisles and they’re full of short-life products such as fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic in an attempt to increase their shelf life. While this often can’t be avoided, opting to buy loose produce where possible and saying no to the plastic food bags will help. Even better, making your purchases from a grocer often means better quality and you’ll also be helping out a small business! Now that’s food for thought!

We all know of someone who has a hoard of ‘bags for life’ hiding somewhere because they’re always forgetting to bring them when they go shopping. But at a cost of 10p upwards per bag, continually purchasing new bags isn’t good for the environment or your pocket. Why not try storing a few in your car or bag so you’ve always got one handy for an impromptu shopping trip. If you’re looking for a good alternative to plastic altogether, there are plenty of reusable options made from cotton or nylon, some even fold upon themselves, meaning they can you can pop them in your bag without taking up too much room.

Don’t bottle it up
In this day and age, the quality of our tap water is more than good enough for drinking. So ditch those single-use plastic bottles and make use of the water that runs freely from our taps. If you’re out and about a lot, a small investment in a reusable bottle might be the answer (Check out Chilly’s selection of cute, metal ones which even keep your water nice and cool) If the water in your area isn’t up to scratch or you simply don’t like the taste, then a cheap water filter might be the answer to make sure you drink your 8 glasses a day!

Take your own cutlery
When we’re eating on the go, it can be tempting to use single-use plastic cutlery and simply throw it out when we’re finished. Why not consider investing in a travel cutlery set or perhaps even bring your own from home? Keeping cutlery on your desk or in your bag means you’ll be more likely to use it, plus who wants to eat a salad with a flimsy plastic fork anyway?

That’s a wrap.
Cling film is one of the most commonly used single-use plastics, meaning that lots of it ends up in landfill each year. Though it is a handy way to seal leftovers, there are so much better alternatives available. Beeswax wraps have become increasingly popular for their durability and ease of use, the warmth of your hands is enough to melt the wax enough to seal in place. If you’re averse to using animal products, another alternative is silicone stretch lids which though not currently recyclable, can be over and over.

Wash up.
Many have made the switch from bottled toiletries to solid versions in order to reduce plastic use.
Due to their compact form, one small shampoo bar can actually last up to three times as long as their liquid counterparts, so you’re actually saving money as well as the planet! Lush is the obvious go-to for solid toiletries but you can also find solid toiletries in pretty much every high street health and beauty store.

These are just a few basic ideas for cutting down your plastic usage. Have you got any further tips or great alternatives you’ve discovered? Let us know in the comments.

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