Staying plastic free on the move might be easier than you think. It just needs a bit of forward planning.
Here are our top tips for staying plastic free while you’re out and about…
Invest in a long life shopping bag, ideally made out of a non-plastic material. These bags can be folded and kept in your bag or car to use when you shop. Most large supermarkets have a carrier bag collection point where single-use plastic bags can be returned and recycled.
Rather than buying your favourite plastic-wrapped magazine or paper, subscribe online. You’ll keep up to date with all the latest news in a faster and more earth-friendly fashion.
Make your own snacks
This requires planning ahead but is also cheaper and usually healthier in the long run.
Plan for rain
Always try to have a raincoat in your bag or car, especially at festivals. We all know, chances are British festivals will be muddy, that goes for street parties and general summer frivolity. Take a small packable waterproof rather than buying disposable plastic ponchos.
Most chewing gum is now made using Polyvinyl which is a type of plastic. The label may list ‘gum base’ as the main ingredients. This obscure description means it can contain: “petrolatum, lanolin, glycerine, polyethylene, polyvinyl acetate, petroleum wax, stearic acid or latex” (VRG). So, not only does gum end up littering our streets but also your insides.
Say no to free throwaways
It can be easy to ignore the plastic waste that comes with freebies. For example stickers, balloons, badges and free tester pots. All of these items are unnecessary plastic extras and are best avoided.
Refuse plastic cutlery and asking for the ‘pizza saver’ not to be included when ordering pizza. Avoid buying/using small portions of sauce in little plastic sachets.