5 Ways to Use Less Plastic
Have you ever considered how much plastic you and your family are using on a daily basis? Approximately 5 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated annually across the UK, with only 1.2 million tonnes being recycled. It is vital that we make a conscious effort to use less plastic and recycle any that we use, as doing so will reduce landfill, conserve energy and protect our environment.
At Regen Waste, we are passionate about recycling and already process domestic and industrial plastics. With this in mind, we have compiled 5 simple ways you and your family can use less plastic this summer.
1. Bring Your Own Grocery Bags
As easy as it may be pay a small fee for a plastic bag every time you go into a shop, this is a habit you should avoid. Believe it or not, those little 5p bags are harmful to the environment – they are non-biodegradable, taking up to 1,000 years to decompose and use natural resources such as oil to make. So, on your next shopping trip, take a second and make sure you bring along your own reusable shopping bags.
2. Stop Using Plastic Straws
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have noticed that many fast food establishments, cafes and restaurants have ditched plastic straws in favour of paper straws. This is due to the fact that plastic straws are not biodegradable and are harmful to wildlife and the environment. Although it is better to avoid straws if you can, there are other alternatives for those who like to use them such as paper, glass and metal straws.
3. Use Reusable Containers
Whether for work or a family picnic, you should keep your food in reusable containers and bags rather than disposable boxes. As well as reducing landfill, investing in reusable containers will also help you save money in the long run. Also, you should try to opt for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as purchasing bulk items, as there will be less packaging than single serving products.
4. Buy Refills
While it may seem simple, this is a very effective way of cutting down on the amount of plastic you and your family use. When purchasing items like air fresheners, coffee granules or handwash, some will offer a refill version which will allow you to reuse the container you already have. Although not all products offer refills, purchasing those that do will significantly reduce the amount of plastic your use in your household.
5. Invest in a Reusable Travel Mug
Finally, if you are one of those people who needs their daily caffeine fix from your local coffee shop, why swap the disposable cups for a reusable travel mug. As well as reducing your plastic usage, most coffee shops will offer you a discount or free refills if you choose to bring along your own cup… it’s a win-win situation!