10 Tips for reducing plastic as part of your every day life
Updated: Mar 12, 2019
One of the biggest challenges our planet faces is climate change. Its no secret that plastic pollution is a major problem and our oceans simply can't stomach anymore plastic. Scientists are predicting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish and we all need to take responsibility for it.
The global plastic industry creates billions and billions of tonnes of carbon pollution each year, which is the key cause of climate change. In 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034 and plastic production is set to increase substantially, reaching 34,000 million tonnes per year by 2050.
So what can you do to help reduce your own plastic waste and include these in our daily routines?
Here are some tips you could try....
1. Drink your own water. Experts say bottled water is not any cleaner or safer than tap water. In fact, much bottled water is actually tap water that has been filtered. And unless they're recycled, the plastic bottles are more than likely made from polyethylene terepthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil which end up in landfills. So have your kids take water from the tap and if you need to improve the taste of your water add a filter and put in reusable bottles.
2. Anyone for a cuppa? Drinking tea is a very British tradition – so much so that we consume 60.2 billion cups of tea each year, according to the UK Tea and Infusions Association. You may not be aware that some the bags actually contain plastic. Several tea bag brands use polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep the tea bags from falling apart so try switching to loose tea instead or opt for the brands without plastic such as:
Twinings – their 'Loose Leaf' pyramid tea bag range
Aldi – their premium Specially Selected range
Waitrose – their Duch range
More leading tea brands are working towards plastic free tea this year so keep an eye out for the labelling on your favourite brand.
3. Did you know that if we all took our own re-usable cups to the cafe, we would save 500 billion disposable cups going to landfill every year so why not invest in a reusable drinks container and slip it in your bag or opt for drinking in rather than taking out!.
4. Ditch cling film and opt for more eco alternatives such as beeswax wraps or vegan food wraps.
They can last for up to a year or even longer if looked after. If they start to loose their stick, you re-pasturise them in the oven and they are ready to use over and over again. They make your food look pretty and you are contributing to saving marine life! Wrap your sandwiches, food bowls, bread, fruit, cheese, salad leaves, what ever needs wrapping! https://www.roseandreign.co.uk/roseandreignshop
5. Swap the plastic lunch box for a more eco friendly lunch bag or bamboo lunch box.
6. Take your own reusable shopping bags when you go out, just incase you buy anything from the shops and need to carry it home. I find the string bags incredibly strong, enormously strectchy and small to pop in your hand bag!
7. Straws suck! A straw takes 1 minute to make, its used for an average of 10 minutes and decomposes over a period if 100 years. So that straw you just sucked in is likely to out live you! Think of all those straws going to landfill..... Say no to straws at restaurants, cafe's and drive throughs. Instead keep your own reusable bottle with you or invest in the bamboo or metal straws.
8. Do you ever go camping or away for a weekend and take a plastic disposable toothbrush? If this is you or you currently use plastic disposable at home, next time you need to replace it, opt for a bamboo toothbrush instead. If we all made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes rather than opting for the plastic ones, we would divert 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes from landfill every year!
9. Give Up Gum. Chewing gum is 25% plastic!! Great Britton has the second largest gum consumption in the world. The amount of gum we chew in one year is the equivilant to the weight of a sky scraper. Chewing gum is the second most common cause of litter.
10. Ditch the shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles and reach out for the bars instead. There are loads to choose from and they actually make your hair feel silky smooth with 0 waste. There are loads on the market to choose from, I tried the one from lush and found it left my hair lovely and soft, I also use coconut oil when my hair feels really dry and in need of moisture.
Alternatively, if you wanted to make your own here is a recipe taken fro, Hair Talk Treatments.
Argan Oil Conditioner Bars
Tools and Ingredients
• Saucepan with 2 in of water • Craft stick • Pint sized mason jar • Quarter cup of BTMS 50 • 1 Tbsp shea butter • 1 Tbsp cetyl alcohol • 1 Tsp argan oil • 1 Tsp apricot oil • 1/2 Tsp DL panthenol • 1.25 ml phenonip • Essential oil(s)
1. Mix the BTMS, shea butter, cetyl alcohol, argan oil, and apricot oil in the mason jar. 2. Place the mason jar in a saucepan and heat mixture on a low-medium setting. 3. Make sure all of the ingredients are melted before turning off the burner. 4. Quickly add DL panthenol and phenonip and essential oils. 5. Pour conditioner into the silicone molds. 6. Allow the conditioner bars to become completely solid and then remove them from the mold. 7. Place it in a cool and dry place for around 24 hrs.
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