TIPS & IDEAS
Ideas on how to reduce your plastic use
Here's a parenting no-brainer: hunting down secondhand plastic toys (instead of shelling out for brand new) will do good stuff for your bank balance as well as the planet.
There are plenty of preloved treasures waiting to be discovered among the boot fairs and charity shops of Faversham!
CAN YOU FIX IT?
Yes you can! (well, sometimes!)
In our throwaway society, it seems that we have either lost the knowledge of how to fix things, or items have become so cheap to replace that we just buy a new one without trying.
'Repair cafes' are popping up all over - where you can bring broken items and see if they can be saved. Who knows, maybe Faversham will have one soon?
Another reason to quit smoking? Cigarette butts are the most commonly found form of ocean litter - and they're made of microfibres made of plastic (which break into small plastic fibres and make their way into the food chain).
If you do smoke, please don't litter too.
Let's talk tampons. And pads, and panty liners. Did you know they generate over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year in the UK? They all contain plastic, which ends up in landfill or, even worse, in seas and rivers.
How about alternatives, like a Mooncup or reusable pad? They're better for our health AND the planet.
The Women's Environmental Network (WEN) is full of brilliant info:
Have you sipped your morning latte from one of the 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups the UK gets through per year? We don't blame you! It's hard to live without caffeine on-the-go.
These cups look like they're made of paper, but as they're lined with plastic, they can't be recycled in most places. 😒
One good move? Buy a reusable coffee cup instead. We're looking for your top picks - let us know below!
Bags! Take them wherever you go, as you never know when you'll need one. Our #plasticfreefav tip? Bags made from natural materials are best, as they're likely to biodegrade (unlike plastic). But make sure you use them and re-use them as much as possible, as they may cost more in terms of carbon to produce.
Can you believe that even chewing gum is usually made with plastic?! The gum base may well contain polyvinyl acetate - a plastic! That's why you shouldn't swallow it, and why it doesn't break down when you see it on the streets.
Let us know if you've found any plastic-free gum!
Yes, fruit and veggies can come packaging-free. But so can soaps and shampoo bars. You can also make your own cosmetics and household cleaning products using cheap ingredients that don't cost the earth.