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20 Tips To Go Plastic Free...

  1. Bags – use reusable shopping bags (such as a canvas tote or a backpack) instead of plastic bags to pack your items at the till.  Keep the bags in your car so they’re always on hand for your weekly shop and also one in your handbag so you are never without a bag!
  2. Fruit & veg – buy loose fruit & veg instead of pre-packaged in plastic.  Bring net or paper bags to put them in, or have them loose in the trolley to avoid plastic produce bags.  Buy mushrooms loose and put them in a paper bag rather than buy in a plastic tray covered in cling film. 
  3. Bread – buy fresh bread from a local bakery or from the bakery section of a supermarket and use a paper bag or put it in your own cloth bag to avoid single-use plastic packaging.
  4. Meat – buy from your local butcher or from the butcher section of a supermarket and take your own container to use instead of plastic wrapping.  The butcher can weigh the container and deduct the weight, so you’re still just paying for the weight of the meat.  This also can be done at the deli or cheese counter.
  5. Food shopping – see if there are plastic-free alternatives for the product(s) you want or if not pick the option with the least plastic packaging
  6. Snacks - avoid plastic-packaged food by making or preparing your own snacks (such as fruit, veg sticks or nuts)
  7. Lunch – use reusable stainless containers or cloth bags to carry lunch to school or work
  8. Cling film – replace plastic cling wrap with natural beeswax coated cloth wraps
  9. Shop zero waste – research if there is a zero-waste shop near to you.  These offer plastic-free alternatives for everyday essentials from toothbrushes to cotton buds and deodorant to soap.  You can also refill on dried kitchen foods like rice, pasta, cereal, spices & more.  Liquid refills include shampoo, shower gel, handwash, washing up liquid & fabric conditioner.  Bring your own reusable bags and containers or glass jars.  Staff will weigh your container before filling so that this weight is deducted from the total weight of the item at the checkout.  Sometimes this can be more cost-effective as you’re only paying for the weight of the item and not also the packaging.
  10. Farmers market – support your local farmers market where you can get fresh, local produce without plastic if you bring your own net bags, canvas bags or for containers. 
  11. Water – instead of buying bottled water in a plastic bottle, get a reusable stainless steel bottle.
  12. Coffee to go – use a stainless steel travel mug for hot drinks while out and about.  Many coffee shops offer discounts or rewards to customers who use a reusable cup instead of a plastic cup.  Or if you forget your travel mug, ask for the cup without a lid or drink it inside with a proper mug
  13. Milk – having milk delivered to your door the ‘old fashioned’ way in returnable glass bottles is making a comeback!  See if your local area has a milkman delivery service to prevent using plastic bottles or plastic-coated cardboard.
  14. Drinking straws – request not to have a plastic drinking straw at a pub, or bring your own metal straw!
  15. Soap – use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap
  16. Shampoo – look for plastic-free alternatives such as a solid shampoo bar or shampoo cubes
  17. Toothbrush – replace a plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one
  18. Washing - use powdered dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box
  19. Gifts – wrap gifts using paper tape instead of plastic tape and use brown paper instead of wrapping paper
  20. Fix it – try to repair plastic items when they break instead of buying a new replacement.  Look into if your area has a local repair café.

Other tips

  1. Limit convenience foods – all frozen foods use plasticso the more we can limit our consumption of frozen convenience foods, the less plastic waste we will generate!
  2. Beauty items – choose lotions in glass or metal containers instead of plastic
  3. Jars - save glass jars and bottles for buying food from a zero-waste refill shop, or for storing leftovers.

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