Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste At Home

Thanks to good old David Attenborough, people have actually begun to listen - our planet is in trouble. Big trouble, and unless we sort ourselves out soon, nothing is going to get better. There's so much to be done, and if we all start taking little steps to reduce our plastic waste, we can make a huge difference. Baby steps. I wanted to put a few ideas out there of simple, cheap ways we can all reduce our plastic waste in every aspect of our lives. Starting with at home. #WeCanAllHelp

Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste At Home
Before I get onto the ideas, I just want to clarify, this post is about different things we can so we don't have to keep buying so much plastic. However it doesn't mean you should just throw out everything plastic you already own and spend £££ immediately replacing it with more eco-alternatives. Not only will this cost you a fortune in one go, but it means the plastic you already own, whether it's toothbrushes or tupperware doesn't serve any purpose. Use what you already own and replace it when you need to. 

Use Tupperware, Beeswax Wraps Or Glass Jars 
Instead of buying clingfilm or sandwich bags to store food, whether it's your lunch or leftovers, try to use more eco-friendly, reusable packaging such as beeswax wraps. I LOVE beeswax wraps, you can buy them cheaply or even try making your own. If you prefer to use tupperware, that's ok too. It may be plastic but it lasts a long time and it can be used again and again. Or if you prefer you can wash out and reuse any glass jar.

Grown Your Own Food Or Buy From Market 
One form of plastic that can be really hard to avoid is plastic wrapped fruit and veggies. They're absolutely everywhere. It can be even harder if you are on a budget as cheaper supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl often don't offer you a choice whether to buy packaged or not. One option you could try is growing your own! Every year we grow a few things in our garden such as lettuce, potatoes, onions and runner beans! If you'd rather not, or you don't have the space - why not pop to a local fruit and veg shop or market! 

Use Soap/Shampoo Bars Or Refill Bottles
Shampoo and conditioner bottles are used so often, I mean it's something most of us use on a daily basis! So it's so important to stop buying and buying and buying those plastic bottles and switched them to something more eco friendly. You could either try switching to shampoo/conditioner/soap bars instead, they not only help reduce your plastic waste but they look nicer, last longer and are often better for you too! If you happen to have a zero waste shop near you, you could refill your old bottle instead!

Use Bamboo Toothbrushes Instead
Toothbrushes are something that you can buy so cheaply, yet get thrown away so quickly. It's unhealthy to keep using the same toothbrushes for too long, so they need to be replaced. Next time you need to replace your toothbrush, switch to a bamboo alternative! These are actually biodegradable!

Take Advantage Of Local Recycling
If you are struggling to ditch all plastic coming into your home, just make sure you take advantage of all the recycling facilities you have near you. For example, where I live, our curbside recycling allows us to recycle plastic bottles, milk bottles, and plastic trays. A few companies in my town collect milk bottle tops and our local school collect crisp packets to be recycled. As long as you follow exactly what you can and cannot put to be recycled, I'm sure there's quite a lot you can! It's not the best option, but it's a million times better than just sending it all to landfill.
These are just a few simple steps you can take to reduce the plastic waste in your home, but honestly there are so many more things you can do. Just remember, baby steps! 

{Thank you to these fantastic bloggers for sharing their ideas - Liberty On The Lighter Side, Mama Mei, Fuelled By Latte, Twin Mummy & Daddy & Living Life Our Way.
Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste At Home

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