How to go Plastic Free
With the focus on cutting down on single use plastic this July - aptly named "Plastic Free July" you may want to look at your own plastic use around the home & wondering what you can do to help.
It can be a bit overwhelming - when I first started to cut down on my single use plastic, my first thoughts were - there is SO MUCH in my house where on Earth do I start? I've pulled together these tips to help you make a start without it being a drastic life style change.
1. USE UP WHAT YOU'VE GOT
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH IN ADVANCE
Once you start to come to the end of your product, start to look around for an alternative. Plastic free replacements for many everyday items are widely available, but not necessarily in your local Supermarket. You will most likely need to order online, so don't leave it until you run out of something before sourcing your alternative. Whilst I definitly recommend using up your plastic items first (see point 1), there is no harm in getting your replacement in early. So stack up on cotton buds & washable kitchen towels now, ready to go.
3. DON'T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE
Switching your whole lifestyle overnight is too much. Personally, I find food the hardest thing to buy plastic free, so right now I'm focussing on kitchen & bathroom products & will concentrate on my food shop at a later date
4. BE PREPARED
Once you get the hang of carrying your reusable water bottle around with you, it becomes second nature. I was a bit aprehensive about going to Glastonbury Festival plastic free (will there be enough water? how will I wash my bottle? will the water supply be clean enough?) and honestly, it was fine. Virtually everyone was on board & although the queues for fresh water were a little longer than they should have been, I didn't hear any complaints and it was great to see everyone refilling their bottles. I will definitly carry this attitude on to my day to day life, and not be afraid to ask places to fill my bottle for me. This is becoming as normal as using your own coffee cup. Speaking of which, if you're a regualar take out coffee drinker, it's well worth getting your own cup. With most big chains offering discounts on your own cups, financially it's worth it, too.
5. DON'T WORRY ABOUT FAILURE
If you forget your own bottle one day, or don't order your washing up sponges in time, and have to buy pastic ones, don't worry! Think about all the plastic you've already saved and don't dwell on it. This isn't a virtuos, that's it forever, we are all muddling through together and it's getting easier everyday.
What are your thoughts? Have you started to cut down on your plastic use? Let me know in the comments.