- Make A Plan
To avoid buying single use plastic, plan ahead. The most useful tools in your plastic free armoury could be a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, bamboo travel utensils, reusable containers and a tote bag to stop you being caught short when out and about.
- Dispose Of The Disposables
Choose cleaning cloths and reusable makeup removing pads instead of disposable wipes and cotton balls. The environmental costs of washing these frequently is far less than the costs associated with the production and distribution of their throwaway alternatives.
- Buy In Bulk
If you are lucky enough to have a zero waste store near you, then buying in bulk is a great way to cut down on your plastic pollution. If not, try and opt for brands, like Ecover, that offer refills on their products.
- Make Your Own
Why not cross some items off your shopping list altogether? Cleaning products and hand washes can be easily made at home using natural and readily available ingredients, like white vinegar and essential oils.
Going plastic free does not mean purging your house of existing plastics, committing to generating as little new plastic as possible. Repurpose what you already have if safe (reusing plastic can increase the risk of chemicals leaching). If every container gets a second life, it’s environmental impact is lessened.
- Look At The Labels
Hidden plastics pop up in the most surprising places and have been found in many unexpected household items. Just by changing the brand of tea that you buy, you could be reducing your plastic consumption.
- Plastic Free Periods
- Subscribe and Save
Zero waste shopping requires a little planning, so subscription services are a useful tool to prevent last minute dashes to the corner shop. Your local milkman can deliver milk, juice and yoghurt in glass bottles, Riverford has a plastic free veg box, Who Gives A Crap delivers plastic free, recycled toilet paper and Good Club aim to be the UK’s first zero-waste, fully sustainable supermarket.
- Bars In The Bathroom
If you are not yet a convert to solid soap and shampoo bars, then now is the time to give them a try. Long-lasting with more applications per use than bottled shampoo, space saving with no extra packaging, full of pure, natural ingredients and completely plastic free.
- Use a plastic free shop
Save time and browse a shop that has done the research for you. All products in the No Plastic Shop have been chosen for their environmental impact without compromising on quality. Not only is choosing plastic free better for the oceans, it can also be better for our own health and wellbeing.