Becoming plastic-waste obsessive leads you to notice other kinds of waste, which may not be plastic-related, but is definitely just as avoidable, and it’s everywhere you look! To get the ball rolling, I’ve listed some of the simple changes I’ve made during my plastic challenge in order to reduce the amount of waste I send to landfill.
Both tissues and kitchen towels are single-use items and often come in plastic wrapping of course. They’re both easily avoided by reusing and washing hankies or teatowels, though if you do feel they’re occasionally needed, did you know you can put them in the compost or green bin?
Pens were an odd item to find a way around on my plastic challenge but the answer was simple – whenever possible, use a pencil! Sharpen it over the compost bin and you’re all set.
The photo on the left is a dress from Topshop for £30 while the dress on the right I bought from Oxfam for £9.99. We often forget about the textile industry but it leads to so much waste. Patch up your old clothes and hunt around for second-hand ones for yet another way to save your money and the environment at the same time.
We see wrapping paper for a moment before we tear it apart and get to the good bit. So why not use newspaper instead? It’s cheaper, can be recycled and it does the job just the same!
Did you know that chewing gum is made from plastic? It used to be made from natural rubber but now it’s from a synthetic alternative, and then think about what happens after you’re done chewing it. Avoid the stuff all together!