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7 tips to reduce plastic use

in 2019 the global climate change conversation reached a high point with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York and the rise of teenage climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg and her global School Strike for the Climate initiative. While we eagerly watched on and shouted our support, we’ve been doing our bit to make a change at home. We’ve cracked the recycling, banished the plastic, switched-off the air-conditioning and planted flowers for the bees making our home a better, more enjoyable place for everyone in and around it. Thinking about how you can make small changes in your life? Here are some of our tips to help you reduce your plastic use:

1. Banish the plastic shopping bag!

This is an easy one and supermarkets across the world have been jumping on board to provide customers with reusable shopping bags and reduce plastic packaging.

We’ve always got a bundle of reusable bags in the car boot for a big shop and a couple around the house to grab and go for that quick trip down to the corner store.

2. Boxed Water Is Better.

During the Climate Action Summit our Instagram feed was saturated with images featuring Boxed Water is Better.  Whether you’ve tried this product from Holland first-hand or simply prefer to choose tap water at home or local restaurant, anything’s got to be better than choosing non-biodegradable plastic.

When we’re heading out, we’re mindful to pack reusable glass bottles for the whole clan to keep us hydrated on the go.  And if you’ve read our story, you’ll know we’re extra passionate about beautifully crafted and reusable glass bottles to help achieve zero waste in our home and yours.

3. Love a cuppa?

Next time you pour your favourite cuppa find out if your tea bag is compostable.  It might surprise you but since its invention about 100 years ago, the humble tea bag can contain plastic fibres and other chemicals, not to mention the stapled label

which makes it hard to pop quickly in the recycling after dangling to your preferred taste.

The team behind 1 Million Women have already done the hard work, so check them out to find out if your favourite brand has compostable bags without plastic fibres.

If you’re a traditionalist or like to go one step further, why not make your favourite brew using loose-leaf tea.  There’s so much variety it’s hard to choose just one brand or flavour!  Our favourite afternoon cuppa is Moringa Morning from Tugboat.

4. Coffee more your thing?

Then surely, you’ve already got a whole collection of keep cups in your kitchen cupboard, at the office or bouncing around at the bottom of your handbag or briefcase!  No excuses with so much colour and variety to suit all coffee aficionados from the Piccolo to the Grande.

5. Ditch the straw or go biodegradable.

We know it’s tough to enjoy your favourite strawberry milkshake without the slurping sound and extracting all the last remnants of fruity goodness and rich creamy ice cream but if you must try an eco-friendly one. Ranging from biodegradable to plant-based compostable, they’re so popular you can buy them in a couple of clicks on Amazon.com.uk.

An alternative to keep at home are reusable bamboo straws which can be rinsed and stored.

6. Looking for an alternative to cling film or tin foil for school lunches or leftovers?

The ladies at Beeswax Wraps have created a beautiful handmade, reusable and planet friendly alternative to cling film which are 100% natural and biodegradable not to mention they look amazing too.  One to put on the Christmas list for all the family!

7. Even the cotton tip has had a makeover.

Cotton tips with paper stems instead of plastic are now making their way on to supermarket shelves and made from a mix of sustainably grown wood and recycled paper.  Not only that, it’s great to see some brands are using recycled cardboard packaging.  Winning!

And with that, we’re off to find more plastic-free or biodegradable solutions to makeover the home and office.  A small change is a good change!

One family’s search
for better.

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