Ditching Disposable: A Guide to a Plastic-Free lifestyle
It is estimated that UK households throw away 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging a year. This pollutes our rivers and oceans, causing damage to marine life.
If you’re looking for some easy ways to cut down on your disposable plastic use – look no further! Here are some simple switches to live a more plastic-free lifestyle:
Head to the bar (of soap)
Instead of using soap packaged in hard-to-recycle plastic bottles, swap to bars of soap that come in recyclable paper wrapper. Soap doesn’t have to be a dull addition to your bathroom, you can even get colourful bars to jazz up your space.
Switch to cans or glass instead of plastic drinks bottles
Make sure you carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. If you didn’t know, your reusable water bottle (or cup) is the hottest accessory to have, so you can feel good, knowing you’re on trend AND saving the planet.
Shopping trip solutions
Take reusable bags when you go shopping to avoid using single-use plastic bags. There has definitely been a decline in the use of plastic shopping bags in the last ten years, but we still have a way to go.
Make sure you’re not wasting 20 p each shop and bring reusable bags.
Let’s be honest, no one is a fan of the paper straws that now frequently come with your drink. Save yourself, and the planet, by carrying a reusable straw with you.
Metal, glass, and bamboo straws are all widely available so you can pick your favourite for sipping!
Choose products that are packaged in glass, metal, or paper, rather than plastic. If this isn’t an option, always check if the plastic is recyclable. One product that definitely comes in easily recycled packaging is our paper-wrapped, eco-friendly toilet roll!
Always check for the recycle symbol to make sure packaging can actually be recycled. Disposing of waste in the incorrect bin can affect your whole street, so make sure to only put recyclable materials in the correct waste bin!
With these simple steps to ditching disposable plastic, you can easily progress towards a plastic-free lifestyle that sure will make you feel good.