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12 easy ways to use less plastic

Plastic has become a bad word in households across the country and, when you really look, it’s everywhere. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to lessen or eliminate your use of disposable plastic altogether. Here are top 10 simple tips:

  • Use a refillable or travel coffee mug rather than ordering takeaway drinks in a disposable cup. Many places (such as Costa) already offer an incentive, such as a percentage discount, for using your own. There’s a great range available from Thermos (pictured below).

    Thermos Stainless King Travel Mug
    Thermos Stainless King Travel Mug
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle for using during yoga, at the gym and in the office rather than buying plastic bottles every time
  • Keep some real cutlery and a glass in your drawer at work so you’re not caught out needing a disposable setfork-2462375_1920
  • Use only real plates or biodegradable alternatives, such as bamboo for the kids. We love this bamboo Vintage Apple Lunchbox (available in lots of other styles and prints) from former dotcomgiftshop Rex London.

    Vintage Apple Bamboo Lunch Box (2)
    Vintage Apple Lunchbox, Rex London 
  • Switch to biodegradable baby wipes, nappy sacks and re-usable nappies. There’s a great range here by Naty 
  • Buy only wooden toys where you can. We’re avid browsers of the Wooden Toy Shop.
  • Make sure you take your re-usable bags to the supermarket

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    Bags for life at Asda 
  • Try to buy loose fruit and vegetables and products in sustainable packaging at the supermarket or, even better, subscribe to a local, organic veg box
  • Buy products in glass jars or bottles, or have fun making your own. jam-428094_960_720
  • Make sure you recycle and compost your food waste
  • Switch to bamboo cotton buds. Check out Surfers Against Sewage to buy.
  • Never flush anything down the toilet other than toilet roll. Remember, what goes in the ocean goes in you.sunset-3300466_1920

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