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How to Avoid Single Use Plastic

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Most of us use plastic items each day and it can be difficult to avoid. Plastic forms part of our daily routine - it's everywhere. It is estimated that 50% of plastic used is only used once before being thrown away as waste.[1]

We've put together some helpful tips on how to avoid single use plastic....

1. Start Small

Every zero waste journey starts with a small, simple swap. Whether that's taking a re-usable bag to the supermarket, using a metal straw or taking your own cup to a coffee shop.

These may seem like small changes but they have a huge impact. Imagine all the plastic bags you'll save by reusing what you already have!

2. Research Alternatives

There's a lot of plastic products we depend on each day but doing a little research can help you switch to an eco alternative!

A great example is face wipes which are often difficult to dispose of and are responsible for the gruesome 'fatbergs' that are found in the London Sewer System. Switching to Cotton Face Cloths or Reusable Cotton Pads which can be used again and again are much better for the environment (and your bank balance!).

3. Be Proactive

As individuals, there is only so much we can do. Large corporations and the government need to take responsibility and firmer action when it comes to environmental issues.

However, there has been a lot of progess already, especially in recent years. The UK Goverenment recently put a ban on plastic straws and cotton buds - a fantastic start. Since the introduction of the 5p charge on all plastic bags in shops, retailers have noticed a 95% decrease in the sale of plastic bags [2] which is a great achievement.

By doing what we can and leading the way, together we will make a difference. Let's get started today!


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