10 Easy Ways To Use Less Plastic...
10 Easy Ways To Use Less Plastic...27/11/2018 By southbeach
Say No To Plastic
1. Avoid buying items packaged in plastic. Whenever possible, look for produce and other items that aren’t over-packaged. Buy food in glass jars rather than plastic ones, and detergents in boxes rather than bottles. Not only are you reducing the plastic you use, you’re sending a powerful message to the makers of those products that you don’t like plastic packaging.
2. Use cloth shopping bags or reuse your plastic ones if you have them already (don’t buy more to reuse!). Plastic bags are an eyesore and are dangerous to wildlife. Keep reusable bags somewhere handy – in your car or your bike, or by the front door – so that you don’t forget them when you take off for the market, grocery store, or clothes shopping.
3. Skip bottled water and carry a reusable one. Plastic bottles are one of the top five most common types of litter found on beaches. Since bottled water is much more expensive than tap water, you’ll also save money doing this, and avoid the possible hazards of plastic toxins leaching into your beverage. New bottles will be on the site soon to buy!
4. Upcycle. Be creative and think of new uses for old items rather than discarding them or buying new ones. For example, plastic bottles can be turned into creative lighting fixtures or is you have children there is always something that can be made with a plastic bottle – hours of fun and life left in it!
5. Bring a reusable cup with you when you order coffee. Stow it on your desk or in your bag so that you have it on hand when you order or refill your drink. We think these Joco cups are cute!
6. Say, “No straw, please!” Straws are one of the top ten items found on beaches – and in most cases, drinking out of a straw is simply not necessary. If you do need a straw, you can get a reusable stainless steel, paper or glass one.
7. Wear clothing made of natural, not synthetic, materials. Wearing and washing clothes causes fibers to flake off, and polyester clothing is made of plastic. Tiny particles of microplastic found in oceans around the world have been traced back to such synthetic fabrics. Lots of high street stores now use materials that are recycled - including our SS19 range!
8. If you must use disposable tableware, get the compostable kind. If there’s no way around it – you can’t get away with washable and reusable cups, plates, or utensils – look for those made of recycled paper, or biodegradable plastics, which can be composted. Be aware that they will not biodegrade in a landfill and must be disposed of in appropriate composting conditions.
9. Don’t just discard electronics. Aim to repair or upgrade your devices instead of buying new ones. Alternately sell gadgets and computer parts, or find a facility at which you can turn them in for recycling.
10. Bring your own container for takeout and leftover food. When ordering takeout or bringing home leftovers, ask if you can get the food in your own reusable container – not yet another plastic container to waste space in your bin!
Credit: One World One Ocean