Did you make any plastic free resolutions for 2019? Sometimes it can be a little daunting as you to try to fight your way through all the plastic that’s around us and keep up with all the plastic free resolutions you might have made at the beginning of the year. If you are finding it all a bit overwhelming, you can start with a few simple changes that will really make a difference to the planet.
Here’s some tips to get you started on your own plastic free journey this year.
1. Carry a reusable water bottle – The majority of cafes and restaurants will fill your water bottle up for free, but there are now also refillable water stations in some train stations, airports and towns across the country. Plus, making this swap is an easy way to save you lots of money instead of spending your cash on pointless plastic bottles of water when the tap is free.
2. Switch your shampoo bottle for a bar – The beauty industry slowly appears to be taking notice of plastic pollution (although it still has a long way to go) and shampoo bars seem to be one of the popular products on the market. Lush has a range of different solid shampoo bars and conditioners as do lots of health shops and plastic free websites.
3. Take your own lunch to work – If you prepare your lunch in advance then you’re a lot less likely to pick up convenience food that almost always comes wrapped in plastic like the sandwiches and salads that line our supermarket shelves.
4. Reuse your takeaway boxes – If you’re going to collect your food from a takeaway in person then you can ask if they’ll let you use your own containers. If you’re getting food delivered, then make sure you wash the tubs out and they can be used time and time again for keeping food or taking your lunch to work.
5. Invest in a safety razor – If you’re shaving regularly, then using disposable razors will have a huge impact on the environment. Huge numbers of plastic razors are thrown away each day before new ones, which are wrapped in more plastic, are purchased. A safety razor might be more expensive outright, but in the long run it’ll save you a lot of money as well as helping the planet.
6. Try buying in bulk – Having access to a bulk buy store is completely dependent on where you live, but if there is one in your area then it’s worth checking out. You can usually pick up rice, pulses, spices, and oils, and some sell items like washing liquid and shampoo in bulk too. You just need some empty jars or cloth bags and you’re ready to go.
7. Shop around – Different shops sell different products package free, so it’s worth shopping around if you have more than one supermarket near you. For example, Lidl is the one of the best places for plastic free bread whereas it tends to be wrapped in plastic in other big supermarkets.
8. Consider making your own products – If you have a bit more time on your hands or want to be experimental then it’s not actually that hard to make some of our own products. A simple household cleaner can be made from just water, vinegar and essential oils and coconut oil can make a good base for a DIY toothpaste or deodorant.
Did you make any resolutions this year? Or do you have any tips to help other people? Let us know in the comments below so we can help each other on make this year the most plastic free one yet.