‘Great Garbage Patch': 20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption
- By Heidi Blake
The plastic debris in the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” has killed millions of birds and other marine animals. Here are 20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption.
One popular claim is that the size of the patch is twice that of the state of Texas – half a million square miles or the equivalent of 20 times the size of England
- Don’t use bin liners – just tip your rubbish into the bin.
- Bring unusable cloth bags to the shops with you.
- Avoid buying beverages in plastic bottles – opt for glass where possible.
- Carry your own thermal mug and ask coffee retailers to fill it for you rather than taking a disposable cup. Bring your own coffee mug to work with you.
- Avoid buying foods packaged in plastic. Buy loose fruit and vegetables.
- Make your own bread or buy it from bakeries that package it in paper.
- Clean your home with baking soda and vinegar instead of using cleaning products packaged in plastic.
- Buy washing powder in boxes, not liquid in plastic containers.
- Buy cheese and meat from your local delicatessen and have it wrapped in paper.
- Use bar soap to wash your dishes – and yourself.
- Use scented candles or incense instead of artificial air fresheners.
- Buy milk in paper cartons or glass, rather than plastic bottles.
- Buy toilet paper that is wrapped in paper, not plastic.
- Don’t wrap left-over foods in cling film – use aluminium or wax paper instead.
- Use matches instead of plastic-encased lighters.
- Give your pets cloth-based toys, like catnip mice and soft balls.
- Buy cloth nappies instead of disposables.
- Stuff delicate postal packages with old newspapers or junk mail instead of bubble wrap.
- Use rechargeable batteries to avoid buying batteries packaged in plastic.