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7 Ways to Stop Using Plastic

Plastic is bad news for our planet – suffocating oceans, clogging landfill sites and contaminating groundwater with dangerous chemicals. But, unfortunately, this man-made material has found its way into every aspect of modern life, which may leave you wondering how you can escape it to live a cleaner, greener life. Want to know how to stop using plastic in your everyday life? Follow these simple tips from Woodford Recycling.

7 easy ways to stop using plastic

Water bottles

The biggest problem with plastic is its single-use nature. This is especially true of plastic water bottles – be mindful of the sheer amount of plastic bottles you’re using, and instead consider a reusable bottle that you can simply refill at home and take with you to work, on trips or on holiday.

Reusable water bottle

Grab an on-the-go coffee cup

As a coffee-centric country, getting your very own reusable coffee cup is one of the easiest ways to reduce plastic use. Kickstarting your morning with a coffee can be all the more sweet with the knowledge you’re not contributing to harming the planet. What’s more, some cafes will offer a discount if you bring along your own cup – potentially saving you money.

reusable coffee cup for travels

Bring your own bag

You’ve heard the phrase ‘bags for life’, with the majority of stores now selling their own. The drive for reusable bags has been boosted recently with the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge. This step in the right direction has encouraged shoppers to think twice before taking a plastic bag, instead opting to invest in a strong, sturdy reusable one that can also hold a much larger capacity.

Reusable cool bag

Use re-usable straws

Ever heard of a metal straw? For just a few pounds, you can order your own easy-clean metal straws that can be used time and time again. You may have noticed more bars enforcing an ask only if you need policy with straws. By purchasing your own reusable straw – whether that be metal, glass or paper – you can always have a straw on your person. And be prepared for your metal straw being a talking point on a night out!

reusable paper straw

Make use of Tupperware

The weekly shop is riddled with plastic consumption. Bringing you own Tupperware to the shops can be a godsend at the deli or veg counter, and will avoid the use of lots of little plastic pots – everything adds up!

reusable tupperware

Be toiletry-savvy

Everyone needs bathroom essentials, but they often include plastic. Give your toiletry regime an overhaul – opt for ‘naked’ ones that are not wrapped up. For example, the store Lush goes to great lengths to avoid unnecessary plastic usage, and sell plenty of plastic-free soaps, as well as selling most other products in recyclable pots that you can return to the store – and will be recycled for you! Also, always avoid microbeads – these can wreak havoc on the natural world.

Natural unpackaged soap

Pause the plastic cigarette lighters

If you’re a smoker, and find yourself getting through a copious amount of plastic lighters, stop and consider the impact on the environment. Instead, why not revert back to old-school lighting and use a match – these are far kinder to the planet.

plastic cigarette lighters

If you must use plastic…

As much as we can decrease our plastic use, cutting it out entirely is ambitious. Instead, when you do use plastic, always remember to recycle by using a reliable company with an eco-conscious attitude – a company like Woodford Recycling.
Our aim is 100% landfill diversion. Operating from our state-of-the-art recycling facility, here at Woodford Recycling, we offer domestic waste collection and recycling for a wide variety of materials – including plastic. We serve the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon area – get in touch today to discover more.

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