Ten plastics you can stop using today.

We’ve written many features about the scourge of plastics. The movement to quit plastic use is growing, so no apologies here for another one! Let’s keep this movement growing stronger.

You know the images well by now. Oceans choked with plastic waste. Animals dying choking and trapped by the stuff. So, new year, new habits right?

Here’s ten plastics you can quit right now.

Plastic shopping bags

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If you’re still doing this, just stop it. No excuse.

Bottled water

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Like plastic bags, just don’t. Bottled water is one of the biggest villains of single use plastics. Drink from the tap or take reusable bottle with you

Straws

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Ditch straws. Sip like a grown up!

Microbeads in face scrubs and toothpaste.

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Microbeads are miniscule plastics that go straight into the water system and never leave. Get wise and natural. Products like oats or salt, coffee grains, even sugar make the most amazing natural scrubs. Baking soda toothpastes are just as effective.

Plastic toothbrushes.

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Use a bamboo toothbrush. Eco products are increasing. Plastic just isn’t necessary.

Coffee capsules

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Avoid coffee machines using ‘capsules’. Coffee capsule packaging is single use and hard to recycle. Coffee from the percolator or press tastes great.

Takeaway coffee cups

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No. Stop it. Bring your own travel mug. There are some super cool ones out there now.

Liquid shower gel and soap bottles

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Use soap bars instead. No plastic packaging – and so many gorgeous natural soap products beautifully packaged in recyclable materials.

Razors

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Why use disposable? Invest in a lifetime razor, a really nice one. Or just let it grow wild.

Plastic cutlery

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Never, ever. Nasty, cheap, single use pointless items. If it must be non-metal, then use bamboo. Embrace reusable cutlery

If we can switch our habits to just a few of these, it would make an enormous difference to the amount of plastic dumped on the planet and in the oceans. Small changes, big impact.

Totally buy into the Four R’s pledge as a lifestyle choice.
REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible.  Say “No straw, please.”

REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, take-out containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.

REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it.

RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.

Take the 4Rs Pledge over at the Plastic Pollution Coalition website, and find out more about how you can help.

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