Lately I have seen many articles on how plastic is bad for the environment. I wonder why we are destroying our oceans and killing many species in the process? Is it because plastic is cheap and convenient? Although plastic may be easy to produce it is not easy to recycle. In fact it takes plastic bags between 10-1000 years to decompose. The average time for a plastic water bottle to completely degrade is 450 years although it can actually take as long as 1000 years.
Here are some ways to cut down on our use of plastic:
Always carry reusable shopping bags. I keep bags in the boot of my car and one in my handbag for smaller items.
Harry Potter: The Daily Prophet
Switch from toothpaste to a powder bitable tab that doesn’t come in a plastic container. I recommend either making your own toothpaste or if you don’t have time then the toothy tabs from Lush are great as they are in a solid form and come in a few different flavours.
LimeLight Toothy Tabs
Another way of cutting down on plastic waste is instead of buying plastic toothbrushes to try out the Bamboo toothbrush. They come in a pack of three or more and are not expensive.
When buying a coffee, why not bring your own reusable take-away cup with you. Coffee shops are only too happy to fill these up for you, so don’t feel embarrassed. In fact many places actually have take-away cups to buy and they sometimes do a reward system so that you get a free coffee when you purchase one.
Coffee Aroma Bamboo Sippy Mug
Give up buying bottled water. Instead purchase a stainless steel travel mug and fill it with tap water before you leave the house.
Body Go Silver Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Carry reusable utensils, such as bamboo or stainless steel.
Bamboo Travel Cutlery Set
Say no to plastic straws. If you must have a straw then clean it and reuse it other wise purchase stainless steel, bamboo or paper straws.
Reusable Bamboo Drinking Straws
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Love Aoife xxx