There are always headlines and documentaries about problems caused by single-use plastics filling our landfill sites and oceans. As we become increasingly concerned about the environment, there’s no time like now to take action and make the effort to reduce your personal plastic footprints. Here we'll share a simple guide for how to reduce plastic waste in your everyday life.
Five easy ways to reduce plastic waste at home
There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your plastic waste consumption at home. Here is a simple guide to how to reduce plastic use in your everyday life:
- Reuse plastic as much as possible: While learning how to reduce plastic waste and practising it has a positive impact on the environment, we all inevitably use plastic in our homes at some point. Clean plastic containers as thoroughly as possible, and reuse what you can. For example, turn plastic ice cream tubs as craft boxes, or plastic spray bottles to store homemade all-purpose cleaners.
- Recycle plastic containers and bottles: Clean plastic bottles thoroughly using warm water and washing-up liquid to ensure no remnants of the original contents remain. Check your local recycling information – often found on the pack or on your local council’s website – for which plastics can be recycled before popping them into your recycling bin. Many containers will also have the national symbol on the packaging to indicate whether it is widely recycled.
- Reuse or recycle bottle caps: Most people aren’t aware that the body isn’t the only part of a plastic bottle you able to recycle. Bottle caps can go in the recycling too, and even if the body of a bottle can't be recycled, the body often has a paper sleeve that can be put on the paper recycling.
- Reduce plastic bag usage: With the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge, supermarkets are also playing their part in the fight against plastic waste. Here are three easy ways to reduce plastic waste when shopping:
- Bring reusable shopping bags.
- Add fruit and vegetables to your basket or trolley loose, or take reusable cloth bags with you.
- Buy rice and pasta in bulk.
- Invest in reusable products for your home:
- Opt for concentrated products that require less product for the result of the original formula, for example Comfort Pure Ultra Concentrated fabric softener.
- Try to buy items which are reusable, especially in the case of things for your family that would usually end up in the bin and landfill.
- Use reusable water bottles when carrying your packed lunch to work or school.
- Use cloth versions of disposable products such as nappies, baby wipes, breast pads, sanitary towels and more.
- Invest in a reusable coffee cup, which most coffee shops will be happy to fill up for you too!
- Avoid plastic straws, either carrying reusable paper ones yourself or shopping at places that offer recyclable alternatives.
So now you have lots of inspiration and ideas for how to use less plastic in and around the house.