Here are some tips for how you can reduce your plastic use:
- Bring your lunch to work. It’s cheaper, generally healthier, and much better for the planet than buying food & drink in single-use plastic packaging. It also leaves you more time to relax!
- Make sure that you have your keep cup with you whenever you go out so that you can grab a coffee without having to use a disposable cup, which are not recyclable. It’s also cheaper!
- Instead of buying plastic bottles of water, get a reusable bottle. Refill it at home!
- If you’re going shopping, bring your own reusable containers for meat, fish & salad, & reusable small bags for fruit, veg & bakery. It makes a big difference so ask your supermarket to facilitate this.
- Ask your pharmacy to give you the option of refilling your shampoo & conditioner bottles, rather than buying new ones.
- Instead of buying new items, try and repair the ones you have. For example, you could repair your clothes, furniture, bike, or appliances. You might even learn a new skill!
- Another option is upcycling. This is reusing items you no longer want, to make new products or materials of a higher value. It can be a fun and creative way of reducing waste and breathing new life into old items. Junk couture anyone?
- Buy second-hand products. It’s cheaper & reduces the demand for new materials, preserving our scarce natural resources. Cars, clothes, exercise equipment, furniture and books can all be bought second-hand.