16 super easy ways to reduce plastic waste

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16 super easy changes you can make in your daily life to reduce your contribution to wide-scale plastic pollution.


1. Give up gum which is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.

2. Stop using plastic straws – an unnecessary single-use item that the Government has now decided to take action to eliminate in the UK.

3. Avoid take-outs or bring your own container since many restaurants use styrofoam.

4. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.

5. Use cloth nappies to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money.

6. Buy fresh fruit and veg to make fresh squeezed juice instead of buying bottled and sugar loaded juice, and to replace fruit wrapped for single servings.

7. Ditch disposable razor instead and use a razor with replaceable blades.

8. Bring your own garment bag to the dry cleaners for pickups or ask for your clothes to be returned free of plastic wrap.

9. Use a cotton washcloth instead of a synthetic sponge

10. Use solid soap bars instead shower gels and liquid soaps that come in a plastic bottle.

11. Stick to wines that have cork stoppers instead of synthetic stoppers, since the natural material is completely biodegradable.

12. Burn candles (soy or beeswax, not paraffin) or incense, instead of buying air fresheners in plastic holders.

13. Line your bins with paper bags or biodegradable bin bags instead of buying plastic liners

14. Start a compost heap for your organic waste.

15. Avoid single-use coffee pods. They may be convenient, but an old-fashioned coffee machine with a reusable filter works just as well.

16. Avoid plastic toys and try to buy ethical, sustainably produced wooden or natural-made toys where possible. We know children love plastic toys so perhaps buy fewer and recycle and pass things on.

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