"Be part of the solution to plastic pollution". Did you know that there is a whole month every year dedicated to reducing your plastic usage and making smarter swaps? Interested? Keep reading for some easy swaps and information on plastic. And join the movement here.
Some easy swaps we can make now.
Takeaway coffee cups
Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine-in at your local café.
Coffee cups are not recyclable in most locations. Even ‘compostable’ cups are rarely composted as they require very specific facilities and conditions
Fruit & vegetables
Find plastic-free alternatives when buying fruit & veggies or bring your own bag.
Avoiding plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetables reduces the pressure on recycling systems.
It also reduces unnecessary waste and saves precious resources.
You can help save plastic bags from entering our oceans and landfill where they break up into tiny micro plastics and remain forever.
Plastic cling wrap is a staple item in most homes. Many products are pre-packed using it, too.
Alternatives exist that are just as effective, and more sustainable.
Bulk food shopping
Often pre-packaged food and drinks can be avoided by shopping at a bulk food store or choosing the loose option at the grocery store.
Choosing bulk and loose product will help you to avoid food waste by buying only what you need.
Plastic shopping bags
Bring your own reusable shopping bags and help reduce plastic waste.
Plastic is fatal for animals who mistake it for food or become entangled in it
Plastic bags break up into tiny micro plastics and remain indefinitely in the environment
By choosing to refuse plastic bags, you can save around 500 plastic bags per year from entering our oceans and landfill.
Refuse plastic straws when buying a drink & BYO reusable alternative!
Single-use straws are used for a few minutes then discarded, where they’ll remain in the environment indefinitely
They are lightweight and easily blown down drains and into waterways, rivers and oceans
Straws can become stuck in the airways of animals, or if mistaken for food and ingested can be fatal
Together, we can get straws out of the top 10 list of items collected in beach cleanups
Plastic water bottles
Many people buy plastic water bottles when they’re out and about, only to discard them after one use.
Buy a reusable water bottle and avoid single-use plastic.
BYO reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.
Reduce the pollution produced by plastic water bottles, which end up in landfills and impact millions of animals and habitats
At the bakery
Plan ahead & avoid pre-packed bread, rolls & baked goods.
All of the oil, water and other resources used to make products is wasted if those products aren’t recycled
Meat, fish & deli
Avoid the plastic trays used for meat, fish and deli items.
By refusing plastic-wrapped meat, fish, and deli products, you can help reduce unnecessary waste and save precious resources.
Use alternatives to tampons and pads for a plastic-free period. Loads are listed here.
The packaging used for applicators, tampons, and sanitary pads all contain single-use plastics. A huge number of these are flushed down the toilet, blocking sewerage pipes and waste water treatment plants.
Plastic-free toothbrushes, toothpaste and there are even vegan friendly dental floss options. Many of these items are now in supermarkets.
Swap liquid soap for bar soaps and avoid single-use plastic.
Disposable razors are difficult to recycle, so most end up in landfill. Reduce waste to landfill by switching to safety razors!
Switching to fully recyclable safety razor blades will reduce single use plastic.
Before making a purchase, smart shoppers stop and think: Is there a better alternative? Do I need this? Or, do I need this much?
Buying less will reduce the resources used to create new products. For each 1kg of rubbish created at home, up to 70kg can be created upstream.
Buying secondhand, sharing or not buying at all can save you lots of money in the long run!