Cutting down on plastic can be hard. It’s such a ubiquitous part of our lives and we only realise this once we try to cut it out. From when we get our coffee in the morning to picking up some takeaway food for dinner at night – it’s everywhere. But once you’re aware, you can start to try and find alternatives.
Straws are, for the most part, unnecessary, and whenever you can, you should ditch them. If you can’t live without, why not invest in a metal straw that you can carry with you, or you can start buying your smoothies from a shop that offers paper straws.
Reusable cups and bottles
A reusable coffee cup and water bottle is an easy place to start. Plastic bottles are one of the most frequently found items on beach cleans across the globe, so investing in a glass or metal one and remembering to take it with you can drastically reduce your impact.
If you can’t start your day without a caffeine fix, you should invest in a reusable coffee cup. If you splurge on one coffee per day, that could amount to 365 coffee cups that you yourself are contributing to a landfill each year. Some cafes are now opting for a “rent-a-mug” system for their regulars, so they limit the number of single-use coffee cups they’re giving out.
Finally, if you’re a regular consumer of sparkling mineral water, investing in a carbonation system such as SodaStream will allow you to make your own soda water at home, and avoid all those plastic bottles.