Our favourite easy ways to reduce plastic use around your home

Reduce your plastic waste with these smart and simple ideas.

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We’re all learning that plastic is not so fantastic, yet it is all over our home. If you’re keen to make changes and wondering how you can reduce your plastic usage, read on.

Reduce plastic waste in the kitchen

Plastic hides in every corner of the kitchen. That cupboard filled with old (clean) margarine tubs and old Tupperware boxes? Put those unwanted tubs to use as organisers for that jam-packed junk drawer filled with nick-nacks. Old Tupperware tubs also make for great mini bins, which you can place strategically around the house or use as storage for first aid kits or hair bobbles in drawers.

Reduce plastic waste in the bedroom: start with your wardrobe

Instead of throwing out your unwanted clothes, opt to upcycle. Turn an old tank or strappy top into a handy shopping bag by simply sewing the bottom closed and using the straps as handles. There are also lots of creative ways to upcycle your old denim.

According to Friends of the Earth, up to 64 per cent of new clothing fabrics are made of plastic. If your clothing labels mention polyester, nylon, acrylic or polyamide, you may be surprised to learn that these fabrics are guilty of introducing millions of plastic microfibres into our waterways and oceans. So next time you’re on the hunt for a new outfit, try to opt for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo.

Clean the bathroom in an eco-friendly way

Reuse your old plastic toothbrushes to clean dirt and dust off your keyboard and remove the nasty bits wedged between the keys. Use a little gentle rubbing alcohol solution to remove any stubborn greasy stains.

Toothbrushes also make for perfect jewellery cleaning tools; the bristles really get into those tight spots to remove dirt. You can also use them to remove mould build up around your bathroom taps and handles and any other tight spaces.

Go plastic-free with loose tea

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You may be surprised to learn that most (but not all) tea bags contain around 25 per cent plastic. Check the brand you buy to find out if it’s a culprit. And if it is, switch out to a plastic-free tea bag. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous and don’t mind ditching the bag, give loose leaf tea a go.

And before binning those bags, why not get one more use out of them? Dried tea bags make great shoe deodorisers. Pop one in each shoe and leave in overnight to help banish that whiffy shoe aroma.

You can also upcycle used bags into the perfect pick-me-up pampering treat. For a teabag-infused bath, choose from a calming chamomile to uplifting lemongrass. Keep your used bags from throughout the week and dry them out. Then at the end of the week, add between 5-6 tea bags to your bath and allow them to infuse before removing the bags and enjoying your soak. Our fave is a detoxing green tea bath. Bliss!

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