20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption

We came across this article in The Telegraph and thought that we would share it with you. Personally I think it is important that we become conscious of the waste that we make and responsible for where that waste goes. I know recycling is the buzzword of the moment and we can get to a point that we hear it so much we just stop listening. We all have so much going on in our lives that the thought of an island of garbage the size of Texas feels like an insurmountable problem. So I am going to ask you for once don’t look at the big picture look at the paper cup you are drinking your coffee from, the plastic your sandwich is wrapped in, and just think for a moment where they will end up if you just toss them in the bin.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this…
'Great Garbage Patch' in the Pacific Ocean not so great claim scientists

‘Great Garbage Patch’: 20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption

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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

 Compost your rubbish to reduce your use of plastic bags.
  • 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.




8 thoughts on “20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption

  1. I think that should read,’RE-useable”cloth bags for shopping 🙂 I also want to add that instead of wrapping left-overs in foil or wax wrap, there is always the option our mom’s used and that is putting stuff between two plates in the fridge, or invest in glass dishes with lids. There is also the option of putting stuff in glass bottles in the fridge.

    Posted by Elaine Young | May 10, 2012, 8:00 am
  2. Very useful – thanks !

    Posted by Jacqui Sinek | May 10, 2012, 8:01 am
  3. Confession time : I’m guilty of violating a lot of these! Going to have to change my ways

    Posted by dawnausten | May 10, 2012, 8:13 am


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