Single Use - Bah Humbug
Giving up plastic is more than a monthly detox and 'giving it a go', but a real life change and it starts, simply at home. If there is one big New Years Resolution you can make, then please make one of them to reduce your reliance on plastics!
Thanks to Green Education
Check out these easy ways you can start reducing your waste in your every day life!
Did you know that of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the US in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling?
Here are 17 ways to reduce your plastic waste:
Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw, we have some in our shop, but DO NOT give children under 16yrs old the metal straws, use Bamboo.
Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! Make it a cloth one, as these 5p supermarket bags are a CON, they have made them smaller and its still PLASTIC. Go for Cloth / Hessian / Recycled!
Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic, or use our SESI products at the Pop Up Market and reuse reuse reuse!
Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging, check out ScoopZeroWaste that comes via Wantage monthly, more details here.
Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop.
Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam.
Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you'll be eating fewer processed foods!
Don't use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box. The Wonderful Q Gardens in Steventon gladly packs their locally produced meat and veggies in your own packaging!
Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth nappies to reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money.
Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It's healthier and better for the environment.
Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner, or join us at the Pop Up Market and grab some SESI refills from The Hive
Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags.
Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor
Why dont you grab a copy of a few books on a kindle, or even some real BOOKS, then you can pass them around? I thoroughly recommend....