6 Easy Swaps to Reduce Waste

Monday, 27 April 2020  |  Admin

6 Easy Swaps To Reduce Waste

 

We know that it may seem daunting when trying to be more eco-friendly, but there are many easy swaps to reduce waste that you can try.

You do not have to go fully eco straight away - Take it step by step, or perhaps room by room in your living space. You may find it easier to swap to an eco bathroom than a fully eco kitchen to begin with, so don't be too harsh on yourself! From reusable shopping bags to visiting bulk food shops, here are six easy swaps to reduce your waste.

1. Avoid plastic toothbrushes!

Your plastic toothbrush is a bigger issue than you realise. As plastic is essentially indestructible, National Geographic have stated that every single toothbrush that was made in the 1930's is still out there in the world somewhere, living on as a piece of rubbish, which we think is a highly shocking statistic.

With these pieces of plastic ending up on oceans and causing harm to animals, why not make this simple swap to an alternative, such as Bambooth?

2. Say goodbye to plastic straws

According to Strawless Ocean, by 2050 99% of all sea bird species will have ingested plastic, and also by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Now, will you think again before reaching for a plastic straw?

We are not saying rid of straws in your household, but find an alternative! There are many out there to choose from such as patterned paper straws, or even colourful stainless steel straws which are reusable and look fantastic in your drinks.

3. Get composting!

Instead of adding to landfill, add back into nature and get composting! There really is no better way to let your eco side show than in your garden. Strip it all back and get back to basics, for both you and the wildlife.

 

4. Reusable shopping bags

Most likely the easiest one - Buy yourself some reusable shopping bags.

Many people have a plastic bag cupboard or draw in their kitchen - Stop adding to it and simply purchase a few which are reusable and not harmful to the environment! Choose from tote bags, bags for life, recycled bags and many more!

 

5. Get yourself a takeaway coffee cup

We know that grabbing a coffee while you're out and about is great, but did you know that in the UK we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day? That's a whopping 2.5 billion every single year!

Although your coffee cup may state that it is recyclable, the majority of these cups are not recycled in the end due to the complicated way they are produced, with plastic lining and glues used meaning they are not able to be recycled as paper.

There are many reusable coffee cups out there, but a personal favourite of ours is the rCUP.

This amazing coffee cup is made from used paper cups, is dishwasher safe and 100% guaranteed to never leak - What more could you want?


 

6. Make a visit to a bulk food shop

Do you have any bulk food or zero waste shops near to you? Well, grab your jars and go along!

It is a different way of shopping, but this makes you realise how much waste is in our standard supermarkets in the form of packaging. Take bananas for example - Why would they ever need a plastic wrapping around them? They come with their own natural wrapper!

Which changes will you be making? Or perhaps you've made some (or all!) of these already? Let us know in the comments!