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5 ways to reduce your plastic footprint

We thought that for our first blog post it would be fitting to share our top 5 tips to help reduce your plastic footprint :)

Reducing single-use plastic in our everyday lives is a challenge since we often shop out of convenience without considering our purchases beforehand. If we simply take a step back and take some time to consider the purchases we make we can all reduce our plastic consumption. Easy right?

 

So why is plastic so bad for the environment I hear you say! Plastic itself takes hundreds of years to decompose, meaning each single-use coffee cup and plastic bottle will still be here long after its user. 

When disposed of, our plastics end up in landfills and stay there for the remainder of their lifetime, however, some plastics make their way to our oceans. These plastics are polluting our oceans and water sources, breaking down and becoming microplastics. 

So now you’ve had a brief update on the plastic situation, are you ready to kickstart your plastic-free life? 

Living completely plastic-free is almost unavoidable. We have items in our everyday lives that are made from strong durable plastics that if cared for responsibly can last for the duration of their intended purpose. Our life hacks will show you how you can remove the single-use plastic from your everyday life! 

 

1. Bring a shopping bag.

We can all make a conscious decision to reduce our plastic bag consumption. Keep that reusable bag in a convenient location, so you’re less likely to forget it. 

Worst case scenario, there is too much shopping to carry and you have no reusable, most shops sell reusable options for less than £1. Pass it on to a friend or family member when you’re done! 

Check out Rex London for a wide selection of reusable bags, perfect for any shopping trip. 

2. Ditch the cling film.

Cling film is widely used on a daily basis, but is made up of harmful chemicals, and is inherently non-recyclable and non-renewable. Cling film also poses challenges to wildlife if it’s not disposed of properly. However, there are alternatives! Luckily, you can avoid all of the downsides of using plastic wrap. The most obvious substitute to cling film is reusable glass and metal tins, but wrap made from beeswax has all the benefits of cling film!

Bee Wraps are made from an organic muslin cloth steeped in beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. The warmth and pressure of the hands molds the wrap to the food or bowl, keeping it secure and airtight. When the wax cools (almost immediately) a seal is created. There are even vegan options out there, so no excuses are accepted!

We love Queen Bee Wraps! They’re handmade in Scotland and come in a range of colours and sizes to suit all needs and styles. 

3. Bring a Reusable Cup.

2.5 billion (2,500,000,000!) single-use takeaway coffee cups are used every year in the UK, that’s almost 5,000 cups being discarded every minute. Most cannot be recycled because the majority of them have a thin plastic lining to keep liquids from saturating the paper part of the cup. These cups, on average, have a useful life of around ten minutes before they're disposed of.

Our mission is to help rid the world of single-use takeaway coffee cups. Uniqup is a stylish, insulated, leak-proof alternative that you won't want to put down.

4. Lose the glitter.

Glitter might look lovely but, because it’s plastic, it sticks around long after the sparkle has gone – often in the stomachs of fish and birds.

Waitrose has recently stopped selling plastic-based glitter, and Selfridges has recently pledged to remove all plastic-based glitter by 2021.

Fear not though, glitter lovers. Eco Glitter Fun has a range of colours and blends of biodegradable glitter to suit every outfit.

5. Be mindful

Last but not least, a top tip for limiting your plastic waste is to be mindful, and to think before buying something. Is there an alternative that isn’t coated in plastic? Could you have brought your own from home? Additionally, if you’re going traveling: research the destination’s ways of recycling so that you can do this correctly while you’re away!

P.S. Live near the coast? Once the world gets back to normal, why not attend a Beach Clean Event? Organised by the Marine Conservation Society, volunteers have removed over 300 tonnes of litter from our lovely British beaches.

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