As Plastic Free July comes to a close for 2020 are there any good swaps you have made that you'll continue with?
I try to be conscious of the amount of plastic I buy and I'm always keen for new tips, so I thought I'd pass on a few simple swaps that you may want to try.
Cloth wipes - I have two small children so this is an excellent swap, especially at home where you can just wipe faces/hands/bottoms and just throw the wipe straight in the washing machine to go on with the next cycle. They are just as easy out and about if you have a decent wet bag to put them in, but even if you only use them at home it makes a huge difference to the amount of wipes being used.
Buy unpackaged fruit and veg - most supermarkets these days have unwrapped fruit and veg that you can put in your trolley or basket without using a plastic bag to wrap it in. For small loose items you can take your own reusable bag to put these in. If you have one, use your local green grocer and support a small business instead of the supermarket giants. That way you are also contributing to your local economy directly.
Keep a reusable bag in your handbag/car - this is so easy to do to make sure you're not caught out and end up having to buy a single use plastic bag. If you do have plastic bags just keep reusing them until they fall apart!
Refills - There are so many refill stores popping up at the moment which is brilliant. You can get every day things like pasta and rice, cereals, fruits and nuts and even sweet snacks. You may be surprised by the things they sell, so take your containers and give it a go.
Walking - Any short journeys you can make on foot or by bike instead of your car are so much better for the environment and you have the added bonus of feeling smug and healthy!
Take a reusable water bottle/coffee cup - I drink a LOT of water so I'm never without a reusable water bottle when I'm out and about. I have a Klean Kanteen bottle which is excellent but there are lots about these days. Same with reusable coffee cups and the bonus there is that most coffee shops now reduce the price of your drink for using them, so it's a win-win situation!
Ice cream! - I saw this swap on a Plastic Free July post and loved it. It's one of the easiest and yummiest things to swap. When out and about this summer buy your ice cream in a cone instead of a cup. You can scoff the lot and feel good about all the plastic waste you are saving - Mr Whippy with flake anyone?!
Even better than these swaps it's always best to reduce in the first place, so each time you think about buying that thing that you WANT ask yourself if you really NEED it!
Of course there are loads of ways we can reduce plastic consumption, the list could go on and on, but the important thing to remember is to do what you can. Lots of people making small changes is better than a few people making big changes!
Please share your tips in the comments! We'd love to send them out on our Instagram to spread the word :) (include your insta address for a tag!)