Top tips to start reducing plastic

Updated: Jan 13, 2019

Swap out bottled liquid moisturiser for one that's balm based, comes in compostable packaging and smells like heaven!

Thanks to Blue Planet II and prominent "zero-wasters" like Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer, we are now more conscious that ever about plastic consumption and waste.

If, like me, you were horrified when you realised what a negative impact plastic has on the planet, then you'll want to do something about it.

The only problem is plastic is literally everywhere! It's in our homes and workplaces, around our food, and contains our everyday essentials.

So if you want to start reducing your plastic consumption, where on earth do you start?

Top tip number 1 - take some time to analyse your waste!

It might seem like an anti-climax after you've psyched yourself up to start making some changes, but the best thing you can do is just wait and see what you throw away.

Trust me, this will give you a good steer on what you need to change and what you don't. After all, there's no point in buying a bamboo spork if you'll never use it!

From here it should be easy to see what you use and then you can decide what you need, what you can replace and what you can do without.

Top tip number 2 - make those simple swaps!

Start with what you have the most of. If it's lots of cling film, swap for beeswax food wraps. If it's yellow and green dish sponges, get a wooden dishwashing brush. Deodorant aerosol, cardboard deodorant stick. Plastic produce bag, cotton produce bag.

It really is that easy.

There are harder items to replace and I acknowledge that not everything will be as easy to swap as your trusty toothbrush (bamboo, in case you're wondering).

But start with the easy things, the ones you don't need to think too much about, the ones that will make you feel like you're saving the planet - because you are!

Top tip number 3 - be prepared!

This one is crucial: if you plan ahead you can save yourself a big plastic nightmare.

One of the first things I gave up was plastic carrier bags. I have so many reusable cotton bags plastic ones just aren't necessary; however, reusable bags are only useful if you actually have them on you when you need them. I've spent many trips going home from the shops doing my best balancing act because I've been caught short and refuse to buy a plastic bag.

If you're prepared then you'll find it much easier to avoid plastic "conveniences", which can include food packaging, drink bottles, coffee cups, toiletries and hair ties.

Bamboo cotton buds are a great alternative to plastic ones if you use them

Top tip number 4 - cut out what you don't need!

Advertising has got a lot to answer for, as do consumer companies. The fact is, not every product sold to us is necessary and companies often brand the same product differently to make us think we need both (I'm looking at you day and night moisturiser).

So what are the products you can do away with? If you can cut down on what you buy not only will you save the plastic and packaging but you'll save your money too.

You can do this in other rooms too but the bathroom/beauty products are easiest. Is what you're using working and/or necessary. If not, cut it out.

You can also look for other ways to improve your routine. For example, if you use six or seven cotton rounds to remove your make up everyday, could you use a flannel instead? Or get some reusable cotton rounds you can wash over again.

You need to find what works for you, especially when it comes to skin care. But if you're interested this is what I use.

Face and body: balm based cleanser, balm based face moisturiser, face flannel, solid soap, balm based body moisturiser, natural deodorant, salt based exfoliator scrub, powdered face mask.

Hair: solid shampoo, alternate between solid conditioner (coming soon) and an apple cider vinegar rinse.

Oral: bamboo toothbrush, clay based toothpaste, bamboo dental floss (when I remember).

I have a lot more space in my bathroom now.

Top tip number 5 - ask for help!

That's what Unplastic is here for, so if you have any questions about where to start or about any of our products, you can email us or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

A cautionary tale: when I first started to do this I was so horrified by the damage plastic was doing I tried to go cold turkey on plastic. I was really hard on myself when I inevitably slipped up and the whole thing became overwhelming. I had to scale back and accept that I'd tried to do too much too soon.

Don't do what I did; start simple, go slow and don't give up.

These are my top tips for starting to make your life plastic-free. We'd love to hear what other tips people have or their stories from going plastic-free.

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