Plastic! Probably one of the most talked about topics in the news this year, but still, not many people know how to actively reduce their daily plastic waste. Bottles and bags are some of the most talked about plastic items, but did you know that plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose?!

Today is National Refill Day, and City to Sea are asking if you’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution! Whilst swapping a plastic drinking bottle to a reusable one is a great start, why not challenge yourself and try to reduce your plastic a little further. On my Instagram, I share ‘Steph’s Sustainable Swaps’ with my followers, which are just easy daily swaps that will benefit the environment (and your wallet). Below are some of my top tips for easy swaps to reduce your plastic consumption:

  • Buy loose veg instead of bagged veg. If you do have to buy veg (and bread) in bags, did you know these can be recycled?! Head to RecycleNow to find your nearest drop off point.
  • Buy yourself a bamboo toothbrush! Bamboo toothbrushes can now be found in high street shops, zero waste shops and online too! They’re a little more pricey than plastic toothbrushes but can be bought cheaply in multi-packs.
  • Buy yourself some metal or bamboo straws, rather than plastic ones – and take these on your travels too (meals out, the cinema etc.).
  • Buy in bulk: if you’re not able to get to a zero-waste shop (and take your own container), you can reduce your plastic consumption by buying products, like pasta, in bulk.
  • Use alternatives to plastic for food storage: instead of using clingfilm, why not use a lunch boxes, jars or glass containers!
  • Ditch the chewing gum… chewing gum?! Yes, you heard me! A lot of chewing gums are made of a flexible plastic (ew!), so if you chew a lot, this could decrease your consumption significantly!

There are plenty more ways to reduce your plastic consumption, and a quick google search will give you lots more ideas. But if you visit your local zero waste store, they’ll be able to give you a lot more tips on how to reduce your waste too. Find your nearest one here: https://www.thezerowastenetwork.com/

Why not check out my blog @stephidavies to find out more ways you can protect the planet, discover amazing vegan finds and follow my journey!