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How to Reduce Your Plastic Use

Ditching plastic is at the top of the agenda this year in an attempt to save our planet – here are our handy tips to help you get started…

 
We all know the importance of protecting our environment. We’re reminded to recycle, shop seasonally and swap the car for a bicycle, all to reduce our carbon emissions and stop polluting the planet. 
 
But what about single-use plastics? If you saw that infamous Blue Planet II episode last year, you’ll find it hard to forget those shots of our oceans clogged with straws, bottles and bags. Our throwaway use of plastic is destroying our planet, and it’s time to make a change. 
 
Luckily there are lots of things you can do to make a difference. These changes might seem small but they add up, and you can encourage your friends and family to do the same. And there's no better time to start than the present. Take a look at our tips and share the ways you’re ditching single-use plastic on social.

Swap out plastic straws 


If you use plastic straws regularly at home, buy a pack of metal ones instead that you can wash and reuse. For birthday parties, paper straws come in lots of different patterns and can be recycled easily – we love these Liberty print ones. When you’re out and about, ask bartenders not to give you a straw or request that your local café switches to paper straws, instead. 


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Bring your own bag


We know it’s an obvious one… but how many times have you got to the supermarket checkout and realised you don’t have a bag with you? Guilty! Make it easier to remember by stashing foldable shopping bags in your handbag, the bottom of your buggy, the boot of the car and anywhere else you can grab one on the go. 


Consider cloth nappies

This is a big step, but one that could be really worthwhile if it works for you. It can take up to 500 years for one plastic nappy to decompose, so if you’re thinking of ways to make a change and have small children, do some research into cloth nappies and see if it fits for your family. 


Take a travel mug


If you need a takeaway coffee to kick start your day, ditch the plastic cups and take your own mug. This monochrome version is made of bamboo, and lots of cafes will offer a discount on your drink if you use your own mug.

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Author Name
La Redoute,
27/07/2018