Top tips to reduce plastic waste in 2020
A year ago
There's so much we can all do to reduce our own plastic waste in 2020. It doesn't have to be hard!
According to The Guardian, an estimated 8.3billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. Only 9% of it has been recycled.
So what can we do to help reduce plastic waste in 2020?
Here, we’ll look at some of our favourite (and easiest) ways to avoid using so much plastic in our homes and lives:
- Buy a reusable coffee cup. It really does add up to our landfill waste footprint if you’re having a daily flat white on the go, especially with plastic lids! We love these cute collapsable coffee cups from stojo.co from £10
- Try a reusable water bottle. These glass beauties from Drop Bottle help you stay hydrated and save on plastic on the go. Plus they’re designed to add fruit to and Oprah loves them so that’s us sold! From £35 at dropbottle.com
- Try solid soaps and plastic free shampoo bars instead of liquid. Did you know that every year in the UK we make and use about 17million plastic shampoo bottles? Some shampoo bars can strip your hair of their natural oils, so try Nut and Noggin’s sulphate free version, £15 incl. P&P for a 150g shampoo bar, which lasts between 60-80 washes and gives £1 per purchase to young people’s mental health charities.
- Take reusable bags to do your supermarket shop. No excuses here, but some super cool ones are available that give to charity too, like this tote bag from Kurt Geiger and ES magazine, all profits go back to the NHS.
- Try to buy veggies and fruit without plastic where you can. This is a no brainer, most supermarkets now offer plastic free aisles or bags for your veggies. You can also try a veggie delivery from Abel and Cole
- Batch cook at home more often to avoid too many ready meal packs. If you’re looking for more lockdown inspiration for your cuisines in quarantine, try out the latest plant based recipes from Hemsley and Hemsley here
- Buy baked goods in recyclable paper sleeves, not big plastic ones. The worst offenders can be flapjacks and croissants!
- Avoid microbeads in your beauty products. Just make sure you read the labels and avoid any exfoliating beads that aren’t 100% naturally derived.
- Buy big or go home. Many household items like cleaning products are available in big containers so you use less plastic and have to buy less often. This cute Fill bulk washing up liquid from Wearth London is just the thing. £30 for a 10L pack.
- If you’re looking for more inspiration, we love this cute little F**k Plastic book, which details 101 ways to free yourself from plastic and save the world £5.95 at Waterstones.
What are your favourite plastic free swaps?
We’d love to know, just comment below.
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