How to use less plastic

How to use less plastic

Plastic waste and its damaging effect on our natural world has been big news recently. Here's what you can you do about it.

Plastic in the environment poses such a huge threat to wildlife because it doesn’t just disappear; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Aside from the dangers of becoming trapped or injured, animals often ingest plastic fragments, with the potential to build up in the bodies of animals right up the food chain - from microscopic animals right up to large predators, including us!

You may already bring your own shopping bags and coffee cups, but there are plenty more small changes you can make to reduce your plastic footprint

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While recycling plastic is often hailed as a solution, it is estimated that only 9% of plastics ever manufactured have actually been recycled! Not everything you put in your recycling bin will get recycled either. The limited demand for products made from recycled plastic means that a large proportion of plastic sent to be recycled actually winds up getting burned or sent to landfill.

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The good news is we can all do our bit to cut down on unnecessary plastic! Once you start looking, you might be surprised at just how much plastic is woven into our daily and weekly routines. You may already bring your own shopping bags, coffee cups and reusable bottles, but there are plenty more small changes you can make to shrink your plastic footprint!

Top tips to reduce your plastic use:

In the bathroom

Toothbrushes

In the shower

Clean shaving

Cleaning

In the kitchen

Storing food

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Washing up

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Some brands of washing up liquid allow you to refill your bottles once you run out, so it’s worth investigating your options and seeing if this is available to you. Kitchen sponges and scourers are usually made of plastic too. There are biodegradable options available made from natural materials, but, simply investing in a brush can make your sponges last far, far longer.

DIY

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Bread, biscuits, cakes, and snacks usually come in throwaway plastic packaging, much of which can't be recycled. While it is possible to source these items without packaging in some supermarkets or bakeries, making your own is often cheaper, and more satisfying! There are plenty of recipes and tips available online to help you get started.

Alternatively, switching out that afternoon chocolate bar for a package-free apple or banana might just make you healthier too!

Out and about

Do a little preparation

Sneaky plastics

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Shop plastic-free

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