Ever since watching a documentary on how plastic is polluting the seas; according to the Independent, ‘It is thought the sea now contains some 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy.’ I have started to subconsciously be more careful about recycling and choosing the ‘less or no’ plastic option. I thought I would share with you some of the ways I’ve started to reduce plastic in my lifestyle so that you can pick up some of these habits too!
Re-Usable Straws: With certain drinks I only like drinking them through a straw, I don’t know if thats strange, (usually canned fizzy drinks fyi) So I recently purchased re-useable straws so that I don’t chuck a plastic one away after one drink. I don’t think the paper straws work every well, they normally go a bit limp and soggy if you don’t drink your drink quick enough, so I prefer to use metal ones instead. My favourite have to be the Cailwoods Rose Gold Reusable straws – which have newly been released so I have decided to host a giveaway.. find out how you can win your very own set of Rose Gold Reusable Straws below!
Re-Usable Coffee Cups: Any of you that follow my social media will know that I drink at least 1-2 cups of coffee a day, so having a re-usable coffee cup that I can carry in my handbag is an essential part of my life! There a few cafe’s I’ve seen that give you a small discount for bringing in your own cup rather than using a take-away cup which is a great incentive too!
Fruit and Vegetable Boxes: I urge everyone to look into any local veg box schemes. If you normally buy fruit and veg from the supermarket every time you shop, 9 times out of 10 it will come in a plastic bag. Try and find a local fruit and vegetable box company that will delivery to your home without using any plastic bags. You will have fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to your door, it is normally cheaper than buying from the supermarket, especially in Auckland winters! And you will be helping the local farmers too! I love using Food box because you can pick and choose what you get delivered every week and their is next to no plastic! The below picture is what I received for 2 people for one week, it costs $110.
Water Bottles: As well as coffee, I try to drink as much water as possible throughout the day. I can’t remember the last time I brought a plastic water bottle from a shop to be honest. I normally take a protein shaker to the gym with me because it holds more water than a standard size water bottle, and during the day I like to use my Lokai water bottle because it tends to keep my water fresh and cool all day.
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Re-useable shopping bags: When doing my weekly shop in Countdown last night I noticed they had their countdown to becoming plastic bag free, I know alot of other bigger supermarkets across the globe are getting behind this scheme and are no longer stocking plastic bags- I think this is a great idea..when I remember to pack my re-useable shopping bags! I normally try and have one or two in my handbag and a few in the car to make sure I’m never stuck with a trolly full of shopping but no bags!
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