Useful and quick tips on plastic waste management Zero waste. Say no to plastic waste
Useful tips to reduce plastic waste
Bring along your own luggage.
Don’t get fruit and vegetables loose into plastic bags.
Hold your own snacks.
Refuse straws made from plastic.
Using old containers again.
Cancelling subscriptions to the journal.
Carry a glass of water which is reusable.
Refuse plastic products but prefer alternatives for bamboo.
Reusable face pads throw wipes on.
No cling use.
Carry a reusable bottle
They use more than 35 million plastic bottles every day in the UK! Carrying a reusable bottle is a perfect way to minimize the use of plastics and also save money! There’s even an app asking 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 some cafes also give a slight discount if you’re using your own cup.
Quit wasteful 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. And as an added bonus, loose fruit and veg are always cheaper than alternatives prepared beforehand!
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 that numbers of locations where you can refill your old bottles. Find a refill station closest to you.
Say no to disposable cutlery
When we bought a salad or yogurt, 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 holding cutlery at work in your office.
Have your milk delivered
While a milk float’s early morning sound isn’t as usual as it used to be, there 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
There has been a huge 85 per cent decline in their use since the plastic bag fee was introduced in England. Many of us are used to bringing an extra bag with us if you still find it difficult to recall, try a foldaway one which you can bring in 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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