Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic

how to reduce plastic use

Trying to go green in 2018? Cutting down on plastic is a great way to reduce your impact on the planet, and even small changes can make a big difference.

 

Look for plastic alternatives

There are lots of plastic alternatives available these days. You could choose a toothbrush made from bamboo, for example, or food wrap made from cloth and beeswax. At Faith in Nature, we’re always looking for ways of reducing our footprint. Our Brave Botanicals range comes in bottles made mostly from sugarcane!

 

Ditch single-use plastic

Did you know that almost every plastic straw you’ve ever used still exists somewhere? Some of them will be buried in landfill; others will be floating around the sea. Single-use plastics aren’t just wasteful, they’re often really difficult to recycle too. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple ways to avoid using them. For starters, you could:

  • Not buy products that come with plastic straws
  • Keep a stash of reusable carrier bags in your car for when you go shopping
  • Use your own travel mug for your takeaway coffee
  • Invest in some reusable containers and food wrap
  • Take a refillable water bottle out with you
 

Choose recycled plastic

Closing the loop is where you choose recycled plastic that can be recycled again. Our 250ml, 300ml and 400ml bottles are made from RPET (100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate), which is accepted by most council recycling schemes. So the plastic used for your bottle of shampoo could end up having hundreds of different ‘lives’.

 

Recycle your own plastic

Not all types of plastic are created equal. Some are much easier to recycle than others. Products made of rigid or mixed plastics are usually difficult to recycle, so it’s a good idea to check packaging before you buy if you can.

 

Get the next generation involved

Plastic toys and games often can’t be recycled, but can be reused. If you have kids who are clamouring for a Power Rangers or Shopkins toy, you could check out eBay and Facebook selling pages for second-hand ones. Talk to your children about why the craze for blind-bags is so bad for the environment; why you’re not buying them a juice carton with a straw; and what they could do to cut down on plastic themselves. You may well find they have more ideas than you do!

 

Go large

Larger size bottles use less plastic and can save you money. At Faith in Nature, we offer 5 litre versions of our most popular products, including handwash, shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid and laundry liquid. Larger bottles need to be stronger, so ours are made from HDPE (high-density polyethylene), which is recycled by the vast majority of councils. You can also buy a reusable pump dispenser to make it easier to decant the liquid into other bottles.

 

Go little

While larger is usually better, there are also ways of reducing the plastic used for smaller sized bottles.  For our skincare range, for example, we recently switched to a new 150ml bottle made from PE (polyethylene) that’s the same size, but uses 40% less plastic.

 

Put the pressure on

Ask the brands you use what they’re doing to reduce plastic. For Faith in Nature, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, but other brands can need a bit more encouragement…

 

Do you have any top tips for reducing plastic? We’d love to hear them. Tweet us @FaithInNature so we can share your ideas. 

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