Ah, plastic. It’s a buzzword right now. I think we can all agree we could all do with reducing our plastic intake. And I think we can all agree that it’s rather bloody hard to do so. How practical is it to reduce your plastic usage when there’s some form of it in our day-to-day routine?
I believe the first step to reducing your plastic intake is to admit you’ll never be able to fully get rid of it. Well, you can, but it would take an awful lot of effort and time. Personally, it’s not something I can achieve. But what I can do is reduce it from different parts of my life. So, one afternoon, I took stock of my day-to-day routine and identified some areas as to where I can reduce/ eliminate plastic from my life. It’s not completely getting rid of it, but it’s a start. So, if you’re stuck for ideas on how to reduce your plastic usage, here are a few things that I’m doing in my everyday life to reduce my plastic intake…
How to reduce your plastic usage…
Coffee. I do love a takeout coffee. Hot and iced. Either style, I do love carrying it in a takeaway cup and getting on with my day. Now, I know that iced lattes came in a plastic cup and that was something I wanted to reduce. However, I had no idea that the cardboard takeaway coffee cups were lined with plastic. Genuinely thought they were recyclable. Turns out, no they are not. So, to combat this I’ve invested in a reusable coffee cup. Yes, it’s plastic. However, it’s not one that I’m going to throw away anytime soon. I’ve also got a glass one that’s for a smaller quick fix. I’m using this for both hot and cold coffees. It’s a small step, but it reduces that part of my plastic intake.
Tea. One that again, I didn’t realise had plastic in it. But no, the humble tea bag is not just cotton- it has plastic in it also. Now I’ve been drinking more tea recently to reduce my coffee intake. Cue an actual moral crisis of which I love more; the environment or my 3 pm cuppa? Luckily, Whittard of Chelsea has come to the rescue. They have introduced me to their , which allows me to enjoy my cup of tea using loose leaf tea. You do not need to faff around with a teapot, the mug has it’s own infuser. Simply add the loose leaf tea, place the lid on and allow it to brew and then take the infuser out once you’re ready to drink. Are you ready to ditch the teabag with me?
TIME TO DITCH THE PLASTIC.
Shopping bags. I’ve picked this habit up from my mum. She’s been using them since she picked them up from when we used to go camping in France. Roughly for over 10 years. So since living away from home and doing my own shopping, I’ve always used the reusable shopping bags. I’m not talking the 10p ones. I’m talking my rather lovely hessian bags that I’ve picked up from various supermarkets. Reusable shopping bags are such an easy way to reduce your plastic usage. The key is remembering to keep them on your persons. Mine live in the boot of my car and I’m that grandma who also keeps one in her handbag where she can.
Loose fruit and veg. Hands up if you hate the amount of packaging that goes into packaging our fruit or veg? Some I can understand, I don’t want my blueberries lose in my trolly. However, why on earth does my cucumber need a little plastic sleeve? And bananas? They have their own protective skin! Now, I’m very conscious where I can to get lose unpackaged veg. Again, every little helps to reduce your plastic intake.
I would love to know what you’re doing to reduce your plastic intake? Check out my other lifestyle posts here on the blog.
This post was created in collaboration with Whittard of Chelsea. All thoughts and opinions are my own.