If you want to reduce your plastic-waste footprint but you’re not sure how to go about it, here are my 5 top tips for saying ‘over and out’ to plastic waste:
1. Reuseable bags
8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were used in 2013 by customers of UK supermarkets (WRAP, 2014) and only 1 in every 200 were recycled (BBC). The figures are astounding which is where the new government policy comes in which will ‘introduce a 5p charge on single-use plastic carrier bags in England from 5 October 2015’. So get ahead of the game and swap your plastic shopping bags for some sturdy reusable bags, and make sure you have them handy even for those unplanned shopping trips!
2. A reuseable bottle
Swap plastic drinking bottles for any metal reusable bottle and you’ll instantly save a load of plastic waste as well as money!
3. Go local
Buying local (and seasonal) produce has multiple benefits: you’re more likely to find food un-wrapped, less energy goes into transporting the products and you’re supporting local producers at the same time.
4. Go Lush
Get rid of all your bathroom bottles in one sweep by heading to Lush for naked packaging. For more information on bathroom alternatives, head to my bathroom blog post.
5. Plan ahead
Eat lunch at the office? Grab a coffee on the way to work? Buy a cheeky sweet snack to keep you going? Save on plastic on the go by preparing lunch at home, taking a reuseable thermos mug (the price of a cuppa might even be reduced for you), and bake (and take) your own goodies!