Scientists have shown that the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of plastic is entering our oceans every minute! With only a third of UK households’ plastic waste actually recycled each year, it’s time to start thinking of alternatives and #PassOnPlastic.
It may seem like a bit of a chore to make a conscious effort on a daily basis, but we’ve put together 5 easy alternatives for your commonly used household items to help you take a step closer to a plastic free home.
If you’re a true Brit, the chances are you’ve got a kitchen cupboard devoted to tea. Unbeknownst to most of us however, the majority of tea bags contain a thin layer of plastic. But, fear not, there’s no need to ditch the obsession. Instead, make your daily cuppa with loose tea and a strainer and marvel at why you didn’t make the switch sooner. Alternatively, look out for Pukka and Teapigs when you’re in the tea aisle of the supermarket as these brands have made a commitment to being plastic free.
A normal toothbrush cannot be recycled meaning every toothbrush ever made is still in existence somewhere on our planet. The average person gets through a few hundred of them in their lifetime, so purchasing an alternative is sure to drastically reduce your personal plastic waste. Opt for a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush which is 100% sustainable and a great ecological alternative, not to mention, very instagrammable!
Cotton buds are damaging to our ears as well as our marine life. They often wash up on our beaches and are ingested by mammals such as albatrosses. The good news is, the government has proposed a cotton bud ban in a bid to cut plastic waste. But, if you’re still set on having a pot of cotton buds in your bathroom cabinet, choose those with a paper stick.
Again, cling film is a single-use plastic product which is bad for both the environment and our health. The transmission of the chemicals present in plastic into our food and drink, especially when it is heated up, is connected to a number of health problems, such as cancer and infertility.
Added to this, like most other non-recyclables, cling film ends up on landfill sites or in our oceans. So, instead of wrapping your sandwiches in some cling, try using beeswax food wraps which can be bought from Amazon and are both reusable and biodegradable.
The ‘No Poo’ method is certainly not what it sounds like but it’s become a great alternative to the single-use plastic bottles of shampoo. The majority of hair care products that we find on our high street are packed with harmful chemicals.
The more hardy amongst us can try washing our hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but if that’s not for you, there is a vast range of solid shampoo bars on offer. They will keep you looking and feeling great, without the plastic waste!
For more top tips on cutting your plastic consumption, check out our article on 7 simple ways to reduce your plastic waste.