As today is World Environment Day, I wanted to share a few things we’ve been doing at home lately to cut down on our plastic use. We all know how bad single use plastics are for the environment, and thanks to that disturbing Blue Planet footage, it seems like more people are trying to make a change.
I was tagged by Katie from Mummy’s Diary to take part in the #beatplasticpollution game, where you share a photo of your reusable items.
How To Play
The major issue of plastic pollution has been gaining much awareness lately, thanks to the numerous documentaries and high profile campaigns. As we wake up to the level of destruction to our planet caused by single-use plastics, people are increasingly switching to reusables. Hooray! Join us in this glorious global game of tag by sharing photos of your reusables to help. Lets play!
So, here is my photo:
Water Bottle: I’ve started using a metal water bottle when I’m out and about. Not only does it save on single use plastic, but it keeps my water cool and stops me spending money on drinks when I’m out and about!
Metal Straw: My sister recently bought me a metal straw which I keep in my bag, so whenever we go out to a café/pub/restaurant, it’s always there and I can happily turn down a disposable plastic one! I actually think drinks taste much better through the straw too!
Bamboo toothbrush: I know toothbrushes aren’t technically single use, but the ones with bamboo handles are much more eco-friendly. You can pick them up really cheap on Amazon (although ironically they tend to come packaged in plastic and are often shipped from China) or pay a little bit more to buy one from Superdrug or Boots.
Loose Leaf Tea: I didn’t realise until last year that most teabags contain plastic. When you drink as much tea as me, that’s a bit of a black mark on your environmental footprint! I’m a bit obsessed with tea and have a few teapots and strainers that normally only come out on special occasions so I’ve been making use of them lately.
Muslins and Burp Cloths: I found a ton of old muslins and burp cloths recently when I was sorting through Ollie’s old baby clothes. A lot of them hadn’t even been used, so I’ve been finding new uses for them. The burp cloths are actually great for removing makeup with coconut oil or micellar water, and I just stick them in with my normal washing. I’ve also been packing a couple of muslins in Ollie’s changing bag to use for wiping his hands when we’re out and about instead of using baby wipes. I’m actually starting feel pretty guilty about the number of baby wipes I’ve used over the past couple of years after learning more about them. So anything that can help cut down how many we use is a good thing – plus it’s saving me money!
My top tip:
Don’t feel like you’ve got to change everything at once. Alright switching to a metal straw won’t save the planet over night, but if everyone just makes one small change, it will make such a huge difference.
Have you made any changes to cut down on your plastic usage? I would love to know how you’re finding the switch!