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The small changes everyone can make to build a brighter future

The small changes everyone can make to build a brighter future

13.09.20

As with all areas of a more sustainable way of living - such as reducing water usage and eating healthier - we can all play our part at home in reducing our reliance on plastic.

While making better personal choices can seem like a drop in the ocean when viewed in isolation, the more people who make changes, the better chance we have of saving our ocean.

We’ve put together advice on the small changes you can make to cut down your use of plastic.

 

Cosmetics and toiletries

We’ll start here because, as being a part of the industry, we are fully aware of the drastic change it needs to undergo to clean up its act.

And there are small changes you can make which will send the right message to the big companies needing to alter their habits.

Try new products that are hitting the market, such as shampoo and conditioner bars to replace bottles. 

Use soap bars instead of bottles, reusable bamboo pads instead of disposable cotton pads and use a cleanser and cotton flannel, or washcloth, to remove make-up.

Switch your razor to a model with detachable blade heads instead of relying on disposable plastic alternatives. Replace your plastic toothbrush with one made from bamboo.

Look for products with microplastic-free formulas and download the Beat the Microbead smartphone app to quickly scan ingredients and check for microplastics.

And seek out brands who refuse to use plastic packaging.

 

Food and drink

Central to all our lives, food is another area where a number of small changes can make quite a difference.

When grocery shopping, buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than those that come in plastic containers or bags; they’re likely to be cheaper as well.

If getting your shopping delivered to your home, select the bagless option if available. With supermarket home delivery on the rise, there really is no need to receive numerous plastic bags with your food.

On days out, enjoy a plastic-free picnic. Store food in reusable containers rather than wrapping it in cling film, avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles by filling your own multi-use bottles and don’t be tempted by throwaway plastic cutlery; simply take your own metal knives, forks and spoons.

Consider using plant-based, vegan-friendly reusable food wraps instead of plastic cling film around your food and ditch - metaphorically, of course - plastic straws for paper or metal ones.

If visiting a coffee shop, take your own mug. The cups served to you might be made mostly from paper but they will usually contain a plastic lining to ensure they’re not too hot to pick up and often come with plastic lids.

Buy loose leaf tea or tea bags that are completely free of plastic - the average tea bag releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into the tea that you drink!

 

Clothing

Choose natural and sustainable fabrics like linen, tencel, hemp and organic cotton instead of polyester and other plastic materials.

When buying ‘vegan leather’ products such as shoes, bags and belts opt for innovative materials like apple and mushroom rather than plastic alternatives.

When putting your clothes away, use wooden coat hangers rather than plastic ones.

 

Summary

These are just a few simple ideas which can be implemented in your everyday life and if we can all encourage just a few of our friends and family to change their habits then the ripples will be felt across the ocean.

A change is as good as a rest and a change in your use of plastic is even better than that.