Whilst recycling helps to reduce the waste that ends up in our eco-systems, there are only a few kinds of plastics that can actually be broken down properly. The action to becoming plastic-free can take a little extra focus, time and effort to begin, but once applied to your daily routines these waste saving decisions can become habitual and result in a heavily reduced consumption (as well as saving you money in the long run). In keeping with the global movement that’s building in an attempt to reduce single-use plastics, we’ve devised a few easy-to-adopt top tips that will help to create a cleaner world for generations to come and make sure you can play your part in an educated and impactful way.
Bag It For Life
Many shops and supermarkets have already ditched single-use plastic bags, or at the very least implemented a small charge to encourage their mindful usage. Be sure to remember to bring reusable bags when planing your weekly food shop and store some in the car in case you make an impromptu purchase.
Lather, Rinse, Re-use
Think about swapping your liquid soap bottles for bars as these require less and potentially no packaging at all. If liquid soap is a must, remember to buy in bulk and restock your soap containers continuously. Be mindful of the ingredients noted on your toothpaste and facial scrubs; microplastics are tiny little beads intended for use as an exfoliator, but many water systems cannot filter them out regardless of size.
Bottle It Up
Plastic water bottles are one of the most common items in the world and a direct example of unnecessary plastic use. Invest in a decent, functional alternative and make use of the wells and refilling stations positioned across the island with your accrued containers.
Small and apparently inoffensive plastic straws accumulate quickly and are often an unconscious addition to your drinks. Please note they aren’t only an example of our acceptance of plastics in daily use but also add to the problem and these are extremely harmful to our sea life when they wind up littering the oceans. If a straw is essential, aim to reuse the same one over the course of your day/ evening, and for the organised among you, perhaps invest in a stainless-steel or bamboo alternative.
Re-think Your Storage Habits
Plastic sandwich bags and cling films are often used only once and then discarded promptly. Try to store your foods in reusable alternatives such as tiffin boxes and glass jars or containers for the refrigerator. Takeaway food orders often surmount to extra plastic waste, see if they offer any alternative options when taking food away to limit excess packaging or suggest this to the retailer in the hope they will adhere to our future preservation plans.
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