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How to cut down on plastic in your home
These simple tips will help you reduce the amount of plastic waste, from sustainable kitchen swaps to eco-friendly shopping tips...
Published: August 15, 2022 at 2:34 pm
We are all fully aware that we should be living more eco-friendly lifestyles and using less plastic day-to-day, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few tips to get you going…
Six easy ways to reduce your plastic waste
- Make sure you own a reusable cup and water bottle. Drinking vessels are one of the most common pieces of plastic that sadly end up in landfill, so it is a good idea to make carrying one around with you a daily habit. Many coffee shops will offer you money off your drink as an incentive for bringing your own cup, and you can refill your water bottle for free in plenty of places too.
- Try to avoid excessive single-use packaging in your shop. Opt for loose fruit and vegetables in the supermarket - which could also save you money by only picking up what you need - and bring your own mesh produce bags from home for even better eco-credentials.
- Seek out stores with self-serve dispensers for cereals, pastas, nuts and other dry ingredients for you to fill up your own containers . Supermarket chain ASDA will be introducing more of these plastic-free refill stations to more of its stores across the UK.
More eco-savvy home ideas
- Plastic bottles and boxes are rife in the cleaning supplies aisle, so seeking out alternatives with more sustainable packaging can significantly reduce the amount of plastic in your weekly shop. Check out our pick of the best refillable cleaning products here!
- Swap out your clingfilm for alternative beeswax wraps when storing food in the fridge or lunchboxes. These are 100% natural and environmentally friendly, and can be washed and reused multiple times. They’re compostable once they come to the end of their lifecycle too. That's just one of our fabulous eco kitchen hacks...
- Sign up to a milk-delivery service and get fresh milk delivered to your door in glass bottles. This type of service is seeing a modern-day resurgence in many neighbourhoods, and now you can even get other pantry favourites, such as juices, eggs and bread delivered in the same sustainable way
Yvette Filer is a a freelance writer and editor specialising in homes and interiors