You’ve all heard me harping on and on about plastic pollution and it seems some of our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic we use are finally paying off!
A recent study by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has found that the number of plastic bags on the seabeds surrounding the UK have reduced significantly. However the study also found that despite the reduction in carrier bags, the overall amount of deep-sea litter remained the same due to an increase in other plastic items.
Clearly we still have a long way to go in reducing the negative impacts of our plastic consumption, so to help, here are four of my favourite plastic preventing products:
Stojo pocket cup – This collapsible pocket cup (which was sold to me primarily for the name ‘pocket cup’… cheers Bob Fossil) is perfect when you’re on the go but don’t want to carry around a normal reusable cup. It’s made from recycled materials, is BPA free and microwave and dishwasher friendly. Here it is at Tamworth Station where the coffee shop were more than happy to pop their finest cup of Yorkshire, once drunk, you just collapse and it fits nicely in your bag without any leakage.
Bambaw straws – More and more restaurants, bars and cafes now refuse to use plastic straws. I was out in Liverpool the other week and was over the moon to be given a paper straw with my G&T in The Cavern. These bamboo straws are biodegradable and reusable. They come with a cleaning brush and pouch to help them stay clean and last longer.
Arket packable tote bag – Made from used plastic bottles and recycled polyester yarn, this packable tote bag is good as a bag itself or to just carry round in your handbag to use when out shopping, helping you say no to carrier bags.
Lush solid shampoo – I was a little apprehensive using a solid shampoo, but after reading lots of reviews I decided to take the leap. Lush have lots to choose from and provide tins to keep them in top condition. When picking out my solid shampoo I went for the Karma Komba because it just smells so good. After a few months of using it, I can also vouch that it does thoroughly clean your hair and keeps it in good condition. It also will last absolutely ages and will be perfect for my travels.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to reduce your plastic consumption. Please drop a comment below with any hints and tips!
Have a lovely Sunday evening and I’ll be back next week with some Fashion Revolution prep!