Mortified by the amount of plastic water bottles I was getting through I made a plastic pledge last Summer I decided to try and make my plastic load lighter one easy step at a time, and I started by no longer buying plastic water bottles – when I realised the stark truth about recycling and the plastic mountain building. The damage to the planet, to us and our children by the hormone disruptors in plastic is enough to want to stop using it so much. So I’ve got a little list of the worst offenders by far and the easiest things we can do to change up our habits are swapping out the following single use plastic:
4. CLING FILM
5. PARTY CUTLERY
1. BYE BYE BOTTLES
If you want to use tap water, which is not housed in plastic bottles, but make it taste great, and rid it of all the chlorine and toxins it can come with, these charcoal sticks are my favourite discovery of last year.
WATER FILTER EXTRAORDINAIRE + MINERAL ADDING!
By simply placing a stick of this wonder Carbon into a large bottle or jug of tap water, it purifies it for you. And when it’s spent – after 6 months – it works by sitting in your trainers and drawing the stink out of them! These sticks are really inexpensive and are so much cheaper than keeping a Brita Filter up to date! And doing so much more. Read all the amazing things it adds to your water as well as everything it takes away here.
They also have individual, portable, bottles with filters if you want to take them on the run (see above):
And if you want the whole chic look, they do beautiful carafes with a wooden stopper that come with their own charcoal stick, there’s these.
Or these recyclable bottles by Sho– I love them for keeping things cold/hot and not being breakable:
Or go glass with a silicon protection:
2. RAMP UP THE REUSABLE STRAWS
Plastic straws are big culprits in the single use, thrown away, end up in landfill category. And it’s so easy to stop using them. Easier, cheaper and better for everyone. That’s what I’m trying to aim for with all of these changes.
There are stainless steel options that look pretty and my kids seem to love
Or gorgeous bamboo ones by Baliboo for mega sustainability points and an island vibe for a cocktail
3. CUT BACK ON THE CLINGFILM
Again, as soon as I realised how much I use this and how nasty it is, in landfill as well as touching all my food, I was desperate to rid my house of it- but what on earth does the same job?
This genius invention – Beeswax Wrap – does everything cling film does, without the plastic landfill or ocean destruction.
Made of beautiful patterned cloth, beeswax and resin, it is:
1 All Natural
3 Clean – Anti-bacterial
5 Perfect as sandwich bags, bread wrap, fruit pockets it folds into anything!
4. REACH FOR REUSABLE BAGS
I feel like my home is overrun with lovely, cloth totes, but in case yours isn’t, and to make sure you can get to the shops without using a TON of unnecessary plastic bags, keep these in your handbag, or in the boot of your car, or the underbid of your buggy, and you’ll never forget them. SAY NO to the plastic bags!
These are some basic everyday ones everywhere, I like the net/mesh ones for their expandability and they’re as cheap as chips
And then there are some really beautiful ones like these made from recycled Sailcloth, so you’re already recycling! Bonus points all round.
And they double up as a mean beach bag or tote.
5. PASS ON PLASTIC CUTLERY
Whether in restaurants and cafes or for kids parties, it’s another use once, chuck in the landfill that we can do without.
So either take your cutlery in your bag with you – avoiding the bendy forks that break anyway – or if it’s for parties and picnics here are some alternatives if you don’t want to lug around loads of metal.
So there you have it- my top tips on how you can do your bit to help out our beautiful planet. Going green doesn’t have to be overcomplicated, overly expensive or out of reach- small, sustainable changes will do just the trick, and think of the investment you’re making long-term not only for yourself + your family, but for future generations too.