My top ten tips to zero waste

Unless you have lived under a rock for the last decade you’ll understand the wonder that is our national treasure – David Attenborough. He, and his team, have brought us works of art in the form of Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Africa, Blue Planet, and most recently, Blue Planet II. However, amongst the beautiful imagery of our land and oceans we were also shown the devastating effects of humanity. The last episode of the series particularly drew our attention to the heartbreaking situations around us. 

If you’re anything like me you would have been disgusted at the sight of all that plastic floating in our oceans, and may have even shed a tear when you heard of the baby dolphins being poisoned by our waste.

The last few months I have been slowly making my way to zero waste (I am still a long way off!!) and thought I would share some helpful tips on how to cut down on plastic. China is no longer taking our recycling so its important, now more than ever, that we start to tackle our plastic problem.

  1. Reusable shopping bags – you can buy these in any supermarket these days, and often find them for free at fairs, markets, and sponsored events. They often fold up small and you can keep them in your handbag or pocket!
  2. Loose vegetables – instead of buying pre-packaged veg try and buy the loose veg in supermarkets and use your own reusable bags to hold them. Even better, if you have a local market why not buy as much as you can here – not only does it cut down your plastic use, but sourcing local fruit and veg reduces your carbon foot print massively!
  3. Reusable coffee cups – most coffee shops these days will give you a discount on your drinks if you take in your own takeaway cups – you can get some great ones from KeepCup, any supermarket, or any (well most) coffee shop anywhere.
  4. Biodegradable toothbrushes – you can bulk buy these from Mabboo and once they’re thrown away they’ll start to decompose!
  5. Chocolate wrapped in foil rather than plastic – there are a few brands around (including Galaxy!!) that wrap their chocolate in foil and paper rather than plastic so you can enjoy that tasty treat guilt free! My recent favourite are Lindor eggs!
  6. Reusable water bottles – you can get some really stylish bottles now, even some that clip onto your bag for easy access!
  7. Wrap Birthday and Christmas presents in brown paper and string – if you want to make it more interesting you can use coloured string or ribbon, or stamp your own paper. You’ll get that rustic, homemade feel and can reuse the wrapping at a later time (or recycle it)!
  8. Buy your beauty products from somewhere like Lush – they have a great range of plastic free packaging and no animal testing! Even if you do buy their plastic products you can take the packaging back in when you’re finished and they’ll either reuse it or recycle it for you! And of course they smell fantastic!
  9. Say no to plastic straws – follow the lead of Wetherspoons and cut out straws, or if you really want one for your drink you can buy resusable ones  made of stainless steel or titanium – they can go in the dishwasher and fit easily into a small bag!
  10. Get your milk delivered – remember the milkman? Well if you get your milk delivered then you’ll be using reusable glass bottles instead of plastic ones! And it saves running out to the local shop every time!

If you have any plastic free tips you’d like to share then please get in touch! I’m constantly on the look out for new ways to cut down on my waste!

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