With just a few simple lifestyle changes we can seriously start to address the problems caused by the excessive use of plastic
Choose a Reusable Shopping Bag
A single use plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Most shops will now sell you a bag for life for a reasonable price which will be replaced and recycled free of charge when it wears out. Handy cotton string or tote bags can be stuffed into a pocket and whipped out when the need arises.
Refuse Plastic Straws
If you do need to use a straw purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass alternative, take it with you to use in cafes and restaurants. Steel and glass are sustainable, durable and 100% recyclable.
Buy boxes instead of bottles. Dry products like laundry and dishwasher detergent often come in cardboard containers which are more easily recycled than plastic.
Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill your own reusable bag or container. You will save money and any unnecessary packaging.
Save any containers you do have and upcycle them. There are a thousand uses for plastic cartons around the house and garden.
Bring your own Cup
Use a reusable flask or mug for drinks. Turn down a disposable cup, even if they do offer to write your name on it, and show them your own personalised container.
Use washable cotton nappies with biodegradable liners to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint. Modern reusable nappies are so easy to use with very little mess. Choose a pack with a cool, contemporary design and make changing fun.
Pack your Lunch in Reusable Containers and Bags.
Stainless steel and waxed cotton are safe, hygienic, sustainable materials, excellent for lunch bags and boxes. You may even opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, which use their own natural packaging.
Cut out Disposable Razors
Try using a razor with replaceable heads or blades. And if you’re really committed you can use a cut throat blade or grow a beard.
Refill your Bottles
Buying shampoos and detergents in bulk is far more economical than bringing home smaller bottles. Store your large container under the sink and top up a 250ml dispenser when required for daily use.
Choose your Toothbrush Carefully
Discarded toothbrushes contribute significantly to the plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. Consider switching to one of the many sustainable alternatives using bamboo. They will biodegrade and at the end of their useful life can be easily composted.
Eliminating unnecessary plastic from our daily lives is easier than it seems. With a little care and some careful thinking we can gradually reduce the burden of disposing of plastic waste. Plastic is not a bad thing, we just need to reconsider its uses. Refuse it if you can’t reuse it.