8 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste
We’ve all seen the headlines about the huge environmental problems in our ocean caused by single-use plastics. Governments and companies have a responsibility to take action – but what can we do to cut down our personal plastic footprints?
Here are our 8 top tips:
1. Carry a reusable bottle
In the United Kingdom, we use over 35 million plastic bottles every year! Carrying a reusable bottle like the oceanclean™ bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save money too! There’s even an app that tells you where you can refill your bottle for free!
2. Say no to plastic straws
Plastic straws are bad news for our oceans. Next time you order a drink, think about whether you need a straw – and if you don’t, just say no! You can also ask your local boozer to stop adding straws to drinks as standard and offer paper straws to those who want one
3. Take a reusable coffee cup
2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the United Kingdom – and less than a staggering 1 in 400 are recycled. Carry a reusable cup with you – some cafes even offer a small discount if you use your own cup (and if they don’t ask them why not!)
4. Avoid excessive food packaging
Whether it’s making different choices in the shops or choosing a different place to shop, we can all try and cut down the plastic we buy. And as an added bonus, loose fruit and veg are often cheaper than pre-packaged alternatives!
5. Use refill stations for detergents
There are some products where it’s difficult to avoid a plastic container (for example washing up liquid or laundry liquid) – the good news is that there are an increasing amount of places where you can refill your old bottles. Find your nearest refill station here.
6. Say no to disposable cutlery
We’ve all been there – caught out in a tea room or at a train station when we’ve bought a pasta or a yogurt but the only cutlery on offer is plastic! Whilst it’s hard to plan for every opportunity, consider carrying a spoon or fork (or spork!) in your bag or keeping cutlery in your desk at work.
7. Get your milk delivered
Although the early morning sound of a milk float is not as common as it used to be, there are still many places in the UK where you can get milk delivered in glass bottles – which are then collected and reused. You can find your nearest milkround here.
9. Always carry a shopping bag
Since the plastic bag charge was introduced in England, there’s been a huge 85% drop in their use. Many of us are used to carrying an extra bag with us – if you still find it hard to remember, try a foldaway one that you can carry in your normal day bag.
Making just a few little changes can have a big impact on the amount of plastic we use on a day-to-day basis.
Share your top plastic-reducing tips in the comments below!