8 Ways You Can Reduce Plastic

I'm a huge lover of recycling and I'm that asshole that tells people off if they don't do it. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems our planet is now facing and we need to be taking action. Did you know almost every single piece of plastic ever made is still on our planet in some form? In the last 10 years we have made more plastic then the entire century before that and in some areas of ocean, there is more plastic than plankton. Thinking of ways you can do your bit for the environment? I've collected together my top 8, really easy and simple ideas for you to practice.

1. Cutlery On The Go 
When James and I go out for the day, we'll most likely grab a bite to eat like a pasta salad or something that requires cutlery and we used to have a stash of plastic cutlery underneath one of our car seats in a compartment. It didn't take us long to realise what a mistake we'd made and we of course recycled all of it, but we went and bought a cheap metal set of cutlery to keep in the car and just wash each time we used them, then return them to the car. The set was from Asda and cost us £1.95 - bloody bargain if you ask me considering you won't have to continue buying it as you would with plastic and you're not contributing to plastic waste.

2. Switch To A Menstrual Cup
This is without a doubt one of the most impactful choices I have made this year and that was to switch to a menstrual cup. If this seems like too much for you, feel free to skip to No. 3, but having used a cup for 6 months now, I feel I have learnt a great deal about my body, how to look after it better and I'm also not producing anywhere near as much waste as I was when using standard pads and tampons. Conventional pads and tampons are extremely bad for us and the environment because you can't recycle them; they just sit in landfill or find their way into our oceans which is a huge problem pollution wise, especially for our beautiful sea creatures.

3. Switch To Cotton Menstrual Products
If No. 2 seems a bit too far for you right now, try considering organic cotton products instead. They aren't filled with half as much crap like chemicals and fragrances like conventional products and they aren't ridden with plastic either.

4. Carry A Tote
Here in the UK, we now have to pay for plastic carrier bags and this is one of the best things we could have possibly done, however people are still using plastic bags to transport all of their shopping home. Fair enough, sometimes we'll pop into the supermarket for 1 or 2 things, realise we needed more and simply had to purchase a bag at the checkout, but most of the time we try to have a bag in the car ready for such occasions and I always fold up one of my trusty tote bags inside my handbag which is great because they don't take up much room at all. If we do have to buy a plastic bag, we always keep them at home and recycle them, either to use as bin bags or transport things to someone's house.

5. Glass Bottles
James has a much loved Voss bottle which he bought as a drink of water but has continued to use to carry his every day water around with him. I also have my Pusheen bottle which granted is plastic, but it's not the use once then throw away type. Whenever we go out, I always carry my bottle of water with me. Not only does this save me money if I need a drink whilst out, I'm also not buying more plastic bottles which just get chucked after use.

6. Use Tupperware Boxes
Another one that yes is plastic, but in our house we've got ourselves into the habit of putting any open veg, tofu or anything else that needs keeping airtight into a box rather than wrap it in cling film. Simple yet effective, think of how much cling film we get through a year? It's scary. Also when buying veg, try choosing loose veg rather than stuff in punnets and also think twice before grabbing those plastic bags to put your food in. Just buying one or two of something? Skip the nasty plastic bags or better yet, take some paper bags with you if you're buying lots of loose things that need to be kept together.

7. Give Up Chewing Gum
I only recently learnt that chewing gum is crammed full of plastic and this is another one that cannot be recycled. If you do insist on continuing to chew gum, I highly recommend the brand Chewsy as they're all natural with no plastic and no added nasties. They're also vegan - bonus!

8. Say No To Straws
When you're out and buying a drink, just say no thankyou to straws. I struggled with this one because I've used straws for a long time to try and protect my teeth but I switched my ones at home to metal straws, but the ones that are wide enough to give a good flush out to clean. You can also buy glass straws or even ones made from paper...just mind they don't go soggy!

If you're interested in learning more about plastic and how damaging it is to our animals and environment, there is a fantastic documentary currently on Netflix called A Plastic Ocean which is so educational and well worth a watch. This isn't a sponsored post - just something I am incredibly passionate about and I'm determined to be the change I'd like to see in the world. If you have any tips on how to reduce plastic usage, please feel free to share them below!

Thanks for reading,


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  2. I definetely didn't know that about chewing-gums!! I always always take with me cutlery and shopping bags but I'm nowhere good as you. I honestly feel so sad and powerless when it comes to climate change and other huge problems that affect everyone on this planet, and yes I still try do to my best (not all I can, but my best) but I often think that probably this is pointless. Humans are the worst race and this will not change. :\

    Lovely post. x

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

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