Useful and quick tips on plastic waste management. Say no to plastic waste.
Useful tips to reduce plastic waste
Bring your own luggage.
Don’t get loose fruit and vegetables into plastic bags.
Hold your own snacks.
Refuse straws made from plastic.
Using old containers again.
Carry a glass of water which is reusable.
Refuse plastic products but prefer bamboo for alternative.
Don’t use cling wra
Carry a reusable bottle
In UK, people use more than 35 million plastic bottles every day. Carrying a reusable bottle is a perfect way to minimize the use of plastics and also save money! There’s even an app telling you where to replenish your bottle for free!
Say no to plastic straws
Bad news for our environment is plastic straws. Next time you order a drink, think whether you need a straw and just say no if you don’t! As usual, you can also ask your local pub to avoid adding straws to drinks and to give paper straws to those who want one.
Take a reusable coffee cup
In the UK every year 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away and less than 1 in 400 is recycled. Bring a reusable cup with you as some cafes also give a slight discount if you’re using your own cup.
Quit wasteless food packaging
Whether it’s making different choices in the store or choosing another place to shop, we should all try to cut down the plastic we purchase.
Using refill stations for detergents
There are certain items where it’s hard to avoid a plastic container (e.g. washing up liquid or laundry liquid) the good news is that there are number of locations where you can refill your old bottles. Find a refill station closest to you.
Say no to disposable cutlery
We’ve all been caught in a cafe or a train station, but the only cutlery on sale is plastic! Although preparing for any opportunity is difficult, consider carrying a spoon or fork in your bag or hold cutlery at work in your office.
Have your milk delivered
Th 0ere are still plenty of places in the UK where you can get milk delivered in glass bottles which are reused.
The good news is that microbeads have been declared by the UK Government! Nonetheless, there will still be products on the shelf before the ban comes into effect in 2018, so keep testing those labels until you purchase and avoid products containing polyethene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethene terephthalate (PET), polymethylene methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and nylon.
Bring a shopping bag
Since the plastic bag fee was introduced in England, there has been a huge 85 per cent decline in their use . Many of us use to bring an extra bag with us if you still find it difficult to recall, try a foldable bag which you can bring in with you as your usual day bag.
Making only a few small adjustments can have a major effect on how much plastic we use on a regular basis.
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