Eight ways to reduce your plastic consumption

By Rachel Rowney on 16th Oct 2019

Trying to be more eco-friendly can be overwhelming, but there are several simple ways that you can reduce your impact on the environment, particularly your plastic consumption. Here, we highlight easy steps you can take in your day-to-day life to change how much plastic you use, as well as brands that we love.

Buy bars of soap
Bars of soap are an eco-friendly alternative to buying plastic bottles of soap or body wash. We love the selection from Lush.

Stop using cotton buds
Last year, a photograph of a seahorse swimming with a cotton bud in its grip went viral. The outrage that a simple bathroom accessory could reach the depths of the ocean was shocking to people, but it illustrated how problematic our use of plastic products is. Although there are reusable alternatives to cotton buds, the most effective approach is to stop using them entirely.

Take reusable bags to the grocery store
Throughout the world, many countries have banned free plastic bags in grocery stores to discourage so many being used. There are many long-lasting grocery bags available that you can buy, which you can easily keep in your car to take with you on your weekly shopping trip.

Buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup
Five years ago, everyone used plastic bottles without even thinking. Nowadays, reusable bottles and coffee cups have become much more common. In addition to reducing plastic wastage, they also save you money long-term. You can buy smart, safe and reliable bottles from a range of stores for just a few dollars.

Shop in wholesale stores
A growing number of stores have opened that encourage you to either bring your own containers to fill or buy in bulk, to save on plastic and material usage. One of these, The Good Fill, is located in East Nashville.

Stop buying plastic razors and toothbrushes
Did you know that the plastic toothbrush you learned to brush your teeth on, still exists somewhere on the planet? Metal razors and bamboo toothbrushes are much kinder to the earth, last longer, and are more resilient to daily use.

Don’t use cling wrap
There are many alternatives to using cling wrap, included glass Tupperware containers or beeswax paper. Cling wrap cannot be recycled and simply adds to the plastic pollution in the world. We love this range from BeesWrap.

Say no to plastic straws
Once you have seen the video of the turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose, you will never say yes to a plastic straw again. If eating out, don’t open the plastic straw if you are offered one. At home, purchase a bamboo or metal straw that can be washed and used over and over again.

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