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To celebrate July being the Plastic Free challenge month, we are bringing you 20 tips on how to reduce the use of (not only single-use) plastic in your everyday life. 

  1. Treat yourself to a reusable coffee cup or flask. Every time you want to get a coffee to go, ask the barista to make it into your cup instead. It might even make your drink cheaper!
  2. Replace plastic grocery bags with cotton bags. An added bonus to cotton bags is that they are easier to carry on your shoulder and you can decorate them to your own personal taste. Green AND fashionable? You go!
  3. Say no to straws and plastic cutlery. This applies to house parties, takeaways and when you’re out in bars too. Just no more.
  4. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and have it on you at all times. Not only will you stay hydrated, healthy and green but they are also super cute!
  5. Ditch the cling foil and go for reusable food and snacks packaging. From metal boxes, glass jars to innovative and reusable beeswax wraps, there are plenty of options out there.
  6. Opt for packaging-free fruit and vegetables (and any other food for that matter, if possible). We heard Waitrose is testing a bring-your-own container store or you can go shopping in your local farmers’ market. This way you can choose your loose fruit and veg and you might even save money by buying locally.
  7. Whilst we’re at it, bring your own containers to your local butcher or market instead of buying plastic-wrapped portioned meat.
  8. Invest in a sturdy razor with replaceable blades instead of using disposable plastic razors.
  9. Opt for boxed detergent (and other household products if available) over bottled one.
  10. Make your own cleaning products. 
  11. Get yourself a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush instead of the regular plastic one and find plastic-free dental floss too.
  12. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter that will last.
  13. Avoid buying frozen convenience foods as it is always packaged in single-use plastic. Not only is this better for the environment, but your body will thank you too.
  14. Make juice from fresh fruit at home instead of buying bottles. Mmm, delicious and oh-so-satisfying!
  15. Choose plastic-free chewing gum. Did you know that regular gum is made from synthetic plastic that is non-biodegradable? There are plastic-free options on the market however so do a quick internet search and make the more sustainable choice next time you want to refresh your breath.
  16. Switch to bar soap instead of using liquid soap in a plastic bottle. They are cheaper too!
  17. Avoid plastic pens. Either invest in a refillable ball-point pen or look for more eco-friendly and biodegradable options.
  18. Look for skincare and cosmetics in metal and glass containers (such as lotions and lip balms) or find a store that offers product refills.
  19. Buy clothes in-store rather than ordering online as deliveries are always packed in separate plastic bags, which are completely unnecessary.
  20. If you’re using tampons, go for those without plastic applicators or opt for an even greener option - reusable menstrual cup.

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