Going plastic free isn’t as hard as you might think. I have compiled a list of a few simple swaps that anyone can make that help to reduce waste, especially plastic, from our environment. The swaps aren’t too expensive, and many will last longer than the previous product.
Bamboo toothbrush – plastic toothbrushes can take up to 400 years to break down, releasing toxins and microplastic during the process. Swap to a bamboo toothbrush instead! Bamboo toothbrushes last just as long when you use them as plastic ones and can easily be composted!
Reusable coffee cup – most takeaway coffee cups aren’t recyclable due to a special coating that makes the cardboard waterproof. This means all the coffee cups end up in landfill. Swap to a reusable coffee cup instead! Many coffee shops also offer discounts if you take your own cup, saving the planet and your money!
Reusable water bottle – swapping to a reusable water bottle is an easy and cheap way for you to save money, and the environment. There are lots of places where you can fill your bottle when you’re out an about, just ask! You can get plastic reusable bottles, or even better, bottles made from aluminium. These bottles also help to keep your water colder for longer!
Reusable bag – instead of having to pay 10p for a single use plastic carrier bag in the shops, try taking reusable bag with you when you go out. There are many reusable bags that you can buy that can be folded quite small to fit in your bag so that you’ll always have one when you need one!
Metal straw – plastic straws take hundreds of years to break down. During this process each straw creates thousands and thousands of bits of microplastic that end up in our water, and in our fish. Swapping to a metal straw will save a lot of money and prevent even more straws from entering our environment. You just need to wash them after each use to use again and again!
Face cloth – face wipes contain plastic in them, which is why they can block drains when they are flushed down the toilet. Whatever goes down the toilet ends up in our waterways, and in our oceans, often leading them to wash up on beaches. Swap to using a face cloth instead. Not only will it save you money, but it will also save huge amounts of waste going to landfill.
Cotton swabs – swap to cotton swabs made of bamboo instead of plastic! The part of the swab that goes in your ear is still made out of cotton, the only thing different it the handle. The swabs can easily be composted after use, as bamboo can decompose as opposed to plastic!
Cloth towel – instead of using paper towels/kitchen roll to mop up a spillage, why not try a cloth towel? A cloth towel can hold more liquid than a paper towel, and you can wash them and reuse them for a long time. When your cloth towel has become worse for wear, try cutting it into pieces and using them to dust with!