Have you made any new year’s resolutions this year? Maybe you’re trying to eat more plant based? Perhaps you want to drink less alcohol or exercise more? Or maybe you’ve jacked it all in already! Well let’s start over in February! With the single use plastics ban officially coming in in October (yay, we finally have a date!) you might want to start thinking about how to cut down on your single use plastics and try to be more Plastic Free in 2023!
Take a look at our 10 top tips from Plastic Free Minster. You might be doing some already, others may be new. But have a go and see how you get on!
- BYOB – Always carry your refillable water bottle and use the Refill app to find your nearest water fountains when out and about
- Don’t forget your reusable bags when going shopping (I always have a folded-up tote in my bag as always forget!)
- Look at ordering milk, juice and other household items from Milk & More – all delivered to your door and in glass jars which can be washed and returned to be refilled.
- Having a party? Use reusable plates, cutlery and glassware – check out Party Kit Network for details on your local provider and don’t forget to opt for paper decorations over balloons.
- Buy loose fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging or better still use your local greengrocer for plastic free produce.
- Switch cling film for reusable lids to cover open jars/leftovers with.
- Opt for soap bars or refillable toiletries than single use plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash (and they look nicer in your bathroom too!) – check out Refill.
- Bit chilly for ice cream but come the summer, opt for ice cream cones rather than tubs with the little plastic spoons – a cone is zero waste and more yummy!
- Use natural cleaning cloths (which are washable and reusable) rather than synthetic sponges and scrubbers – use refillable cleaning products too!
- Give your local refill store a visit – and buy as much or as little as you want of everything from pasta to herbs, oils to rice and a whole lot more wonderful zero waste delightfulness! In Thanet we love The Grain Grocer in Margate and Salt of the Earth in Broadstairs!
Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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