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20 ways to cut down on plastics use


With enough plastic to create an island the size of France choking the world’s oceans, people are starting to sit up and take notice that something needs to be done to cut down on our use of this material of convenience turn conundrum in whatever ways we can.

Though many items on this list by Stephen Roper at Recycling for Cash will look familiar, you might still see some new ways of doing your part to cut down on the world’s plastic consumption.

Don’t buy plastic drinks bottles. Every year over 13 billion bottles of water are sold in the UK alone, only around 25% of these are recycled. A good solution to the problem would be for you only to buy glass bottles or drinks in cartons. You could also carry your own ceramic or steel reusable bottle around with you everywhere. Another option would be to refill one plastic bottle that you have bought with drinks from home, not only will this help to reduce waste but it will also work out a lot cheaper.

Don’t buy products in squeezy bottles. Products such as mustard, ketchup and salad dressing that comes in squeezy bottles cannot be recycled at all, instead buy glass containers.

Make your own bread. Buy a bread maker and make your own, not only does it taste much nicer but you won’t be putting all that packaging in the bin every day. You could also buy bread from the bakery or other specialised shops where 9 times out of 10 you will find that it is wrapped in paper.

Say no to a straw. Always tell your waiter or waitress that you don’t want a straw, if you really need one then buy a stainless steel one off the internet and carry it around with you.

Buy your laundry detergent in a box instead of a bottle. Cardboard and paper can be recycled a lot better than plastic bottles.

Full story at Recycling for Cash.

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  • Anonymous

    It is of vital importance to recognize we need to be more active in preserving the environment .