We’ve all seen the pictures of the oceans full of plastic. We’re all starting to realise the impact we’re having on the planet, especially with our indulgence in single use plastics. Our oceans are currently swarming with plastic which not only pollutes the water but kills animals as well. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans and it’s time we did something about it! That’s why it is so important that we start reducing our plastic use.
Over the past year or so, I’ve really started to take a look at how ethical I am. I’ve gone cruelty free with my make up & skincare, I’m trying to eat a lot more veggie (and I locally source any meat I eat) and a big thing I’m working on is reducing my plastic use. I’m definitely no where near perfect (so please don’t @ me on this) but even making small changes can have a big impact.
6 easy things to do to reduce your single plastic use
- Carry a water bottle with you
I feel like all of us are getting a lot better at remembering our water bottles! I just wish there were more places to fill your bottle up at (holla at me as to where to find places!). The big thing now is finding the right water bottle. I have a few which I like to switch between but the The Ion8 Cycle is my absolute go to at the moment.
There are a few reasons why I love the Ion8 water bottle so much. First, it’s leak proof! For me this is perfect because I always just throw bottles in my bag (yes, I have actually broken my phone this way too!). I also love that you can see how much water you’re drinking as it has the measurements on one side. It’s BPA free which means you’re not going to get any nasty toxins in you’re water. Also, how cute is the strap it comes with??
- Don’t forget your disposable coffee cup
Disposable coffee cups are the best for a few reasons; you’re reducing your plastic consumption and lots of places give you discounts on your coffee too! My go to coffee cup is my Chilly’s tumblr which has the coolest pattern on but sadly it isn’t leak proof. BUT it does keep your drink hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 which is AMAZING!! I think the reason I love the tumblr so much is because you can get hot and cold drinks in it so I can’ have my iced coffees in it too.
- Bamboo toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are a new addition to my plastic free journey. I was so shocked when I heard that every toothbrush you’ve ever had is still on the planet. I’m not 100% convinced I’ve found the right bamboo toothbrush yet as mine feels a little too soft for my teeth but I’m determined to try some different bamboo brands to find the perfect one. Not only do bamboo toothbrushes reduced your plastic, they look good and they’re super affordable too!
- Metal Straws
I’m obsessed with metal straws at the moment. I bought a pack of 8 for about a fiver and they’re amazing. As more places are stopping giving straws, I think they’re a sound investment and you can carry them with you so you always have a straw!
- Don’t forget your re-usable shopping bags
I feel like we all know we should have our reusable bags with us by now. Remembering them can be difficult at times (I know I can be the absolute worst at remembering) so I have a few foldable ones from Paperchase which I keep in lots of different bags so I always have one! I’m also a sucker for cute canvas tote bags and seem to always end up buying them!
- Try and buy food with less plastic packaging
I’m always shocked at the amount of packaging which our food comes in. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much we can do about it but I have a few tips to help. Firstly, try and shop locally. Shopping at local farmers markets, greengrocers, butchers etc means you’re more likely to be able to get things wrapped in paper. Often people say this is more expensive but shopping at your local grocers can be so cheap! If shopping locally isn’t an option, Morrsions have actually made a pledge to reduce plastic as has Iceland. Another way to reduce plastic use is buying in bulk. This way, you’re reducing the amount of plastic you’re buying.
Those are a few ways I’ve reduced my plastic use. Comment below how you’re reducing plastic use!