5 Sustainable Swaps to Help Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

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PLASTIC. It's grim, but with a few additions in our bags every day, it can be avoided.

Virtually every piece of plastic ever to be made still exists in some shape or form, and we manufacture over 300 million tonnes of it every single year. Only a fraction of it ends up being recycled, and it can't biodegrade it can only photodegrade, meaning it breaks down into thousands of tiny fragments and ends up in our soil and in our oceans - killing wildlife, poisoning ecosystems, causing pollution and health issues, and exacerbating climate change, affecting millions of people around the world. 

How much are we contributing to this problem through our consumer choices? How many plastic water bottles, single use coffee cups, plastic knives and forks and food packaging do we use whilst on the go on a weekly, even daily basis? 

When I started to keep track of how much plastic I was getting through, I quickly realised how how unnecessary an amount it was. With a few small purchases, I've managed to cut it down drastically. It's not about being perfect, or managing to fit a year's worth of your waste into a tiny kilner jar. It's about making small incremental changes that'll help make the world of difference.  

Make these 5 sustainable swaps and you will save tonnes of money in the long run - HACK: Dozens of cafe chains are now offering discounts to customers who bring their own coffee cup, like Pret A Manger and Costa coffee. 

1. Swap your plastic water bottle for a stainless steel water bottle from Swell or Klean Kanteen

2. Swap your single-use coffee cup for a biodegradable coffee cup from Ecoffee

3. Swap your throw-away cutlery for a stainless steel knife and fork from your kitchen drawer

4. Swap your plastic food container for a stainless steel container or up-cycled glass jar

5. Swap your plastic bag for a reusable cotton tote bag

Plastic is only produced to satisfy a demand. Let's opt for reusable and planet-friendly alternatives instead and help beat plastic pollution.