5 ways to reduce your plastic intake


With Earth Day being a few weeks ago, and how much information is being shared on the dangers of
using plastic straws, I wanted to share my tips and tricks on how to reduce your overall plastic intake.
There are so many different ways to become more eco-friendly, but reducing your plastic and wastage
intake is a huge factor. Without realising it, there is already so much plastic in your household that is
going to take centuries to decompose, whilst also being harmful to marine animals.

Although there are so many different ways that you can reduce your plastic intake,
I wanted to share my top 5 that I think are the easiest and most beneficial.

SWITCH TO GLASS OR METAL STRAWS
The majority of plastic straws used end up in the ocean, becoming a damage to our environment and
marine animals. Straws can take up to 500 years to decompose as they aren't recyclable. By switching
to glass or metal straws can reduce the amount of plastic wastage as they can be reused over and over
again. I always make sure to use a metal straw when both at home and out and about. 

REUSABLE DRINKS BOTTLE
Alongside using a reusable straw, it's also important to use a reusable drinks bottle. Carrying a
reusable bottle is not only more convenient for yourself but it also reduces your plastic intake. Over
2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK. You can carry reusable cups that can
hold both hot and cold liquids, kept in your bag and some that can also be used in coffee shops.

USE YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAGS
Over 100,000 marine animals are killed every year by plastic bags alone. By switching out and using
a reusable shopping bag you are reducing one of the main factors to plastic wastage. Reusable
shopping bags are stronger than plastic bags, so they can hold more products and last longer.

USE GLASS CONTAINERS
When I think of an area in the house with a huge amount of plastic, I always think of tupperwear.
Instead of picking up a pack of plastic tupperwear, use glass containers. These can be found from
many different brands including Amazon, and also come with secure lids that are perfect for freezing
food. As these are better quality and last longer, therefore reducing the likelihood of throwing them
away and also reducing your overall plastic intake.

PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AND VEG
There is so much plastic wastage with food. One of the mains ways to reduce this is to use natural
material shopping bags and your own jars/container and pick products that have no packaging.
Instead of of purchasing a bag of apples, check out your local fruit and veg stall or shops that sell
organic and natural food. This saves plastic wastage with food and shopping bags.

How are you reducing your plastic intake?

xoxo
Lea-Mai

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