Up to twelve million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year, which is equivalent to 60,000 blue whales. That is 70kgs of waste in every kilometre squared of the ocean. W O W. Number one on the agenda is to stop with all the single use plastic (which we will be focussing on first), and then moving on to the plastic you use two or three times which, again, we will be trying not to do.

  1. Firstly the easiest way to cut down is to Avoid Plastic Water Bottles At All Costs (4000 plastic bottles are used every second). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You can go to refill stations all over London, and if you aren’t in London, you can go to unofficial refill stations, also known as cafes and bars, who usually have no issue with helping you out.

On that note, could you go one step further and deploy yet more plastic from your life? Do you need your broccoli choking under a layer of plastic like Darth Vader AND lying dead on a polystyrene tray? Could you go to an independent fruit and veg shop, or local market instead? Same goes for the tomatoes, apples… why are they smothered in plastic AND in a box? Only the Queen needs this much security per journey. Your weekly carrots could come in a veg box scheme or from the market. Go through your recycling at the end of the week (or whenever it’s full) and work out what you use the most of. Then see if you could replace that thing.

2.  Reusable grocery bag and reusable coffee cup. You know those weird bags of bags you have in your house? Put them by the door. OR accept that you only use them as bin liners and buy yourself a divine wicker basket and a tote bag that you cannot take your eyes off and take them everywhere with you.
Skip plastic straws. You really need to ween yourself off this before they are banned everywhere and you feel hot shame for using one. You don’t want to be the guy with the straw problem who sneaks one into the club and gets thrown out after a bag check.

3. We all know the perils of the plastic straws (turtle killa’s) but what other horrors do we let slip beyond our lips? Plastic toothbrushes? Abhorrent. Did you know you can get lovely bamboo toothbrushes? Cotton buds.  If you must massage your ear canals with a stick (I for one cannot be tamed) use a plastic free version, they are just as rewarding.

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A little #zerowaste or #lowwaste swap is using bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones! ♻️ Usually, the plastic toothbrushes cannot be recycled. Plastic products take over 200 years to decompose and break down, creating a whole landslide of #environmental problems. Bamboo toothbrushes can be composted, and don’t take as much to create as plastic ones! You can buy them in bulk for $10, and they’re nicer to look at too! We are also working on a zero waste toothpaste recipe, but have yet to find one that works super well! The plastic tubes that the toothpaste and a lot of cosmetics come in cannot be recycled! Alternatively, you can look for companies that recycle them or you can try to find toothpaste that has an aluminum tube instead! There are a bunch of zero waste toothpastes to pick from online but they can get pricey! So we’re trying our hand at home made toothpaste! I’ll keep you updated when we find a good recipe so you can use it too! 🛁 What do you know about zero waste? Comment if you like it or what you don’t like about it! Also let me know if you know of any zero waste tooth paste recipes! 🍃 – – – – #zerowasteliving #zerowastehome #bambootoothbrush #homemadetoothpaste #biodegradable #sustainability #minimalism

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4. Litter free lunches and Tea Breaks. Tea bags are thinly wrapped not only in lies but in polypropylene which is a plastic. Let’s go back to where it all began and get reacquainted with the humble tea leaf. Can you get a lunch box and use that instead of clingfilm?

5. Eco birthday parties: Use someones special day as leverage for YOUR special agenda! Replace balloons with paper decorations, throw around some bio degradable glitter, light the cake with matches instead of a disposable lighter… Small steps for you, massive ones for mankind. Instead of party bags how about party jars, or second hand boxes. Fill them with loot from second hand shops such as badges, jewels and books.

There are also loads of great ways to decorate besides the balloon; bunting, crocheting, painting onto old bed sheets. Below is my favourite:

 

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