Small Ways to Save the Planet – Plastic Consumption

The planet is what I am truly passionate about and for just over a year now I have been trying to find new ways to lead a more sustainable life. This is something I believe we all need to do and the good news is, it’s super easy to make small changes to do so!

In this series, we’re going to look at the different areas simple changes can be made in day to day life  to have you living a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle in no time.

How to Lower Your Plastic Consumption 

You’ve seen the dreadful pictures of plastic filled oceans. You’ve seen the video of the turtle having a straw pulled out of it’s nose. You know the stories of turtles eating plastic bags thinking they are jellyfish, penguins having 6-pack rings stuck round their necks, countless wildlife choking on or being poisoned by the deadly chemicals polluting their home. But what can you do about it? Plastic is taking over our lives people! Did you know every toothbrush you have ever used is still out there somewhere, in the sea or in the ground not even close to biodegrading.

1. Get rid of that toothbrush and go bamboo!! These are the ones I personally buy: click here

2. Buy a reusable water bottle and stop getting plastic ones from the shop for convenience. If you don’t like the thought of drinking tap water (and I don’t blame you there), then there are SO many filter options for you and buying one will definitely save you money in the long run (and yes they are just as good as bottled water).

3. If you are buying fruit and veg, take your own reusable bag and buy it loose! Also always take a reusable bag for all your shopping

4. Reusable coffee cup, all your favourite coffee shops will make you one in there now

5. Say no to straws in restaurants, bars, cinemas etc. and buy your own reusable ones: click here
 and the same goes for single use cutlery : click here 

6. Education! Everybody thinks they already
know what can and can’t be recycled but I personally find myself moving plastic items from the general waste into the recycling both at uni and home! It’s never a bad idea to remind yourself

7. Make sure you aren’t buying skincare products that contain microbeads, which make their way into the ocean and harm both marine and human life just like regular plastic

8. Buy an eco-friendly zero waste phone case. Seriously phone cases are just pointless pieces of plastic that get chucked away as soon as they crack. I’m in love with my phone case and when it breaks it will be thrown into the compost: click here 

World Environment Day is coming up on June 5th (which is also my birthday how cool is that) so being the crazy eco-warrior I am, I decided to start a series with small easy ways to better your carbon footprint and save the planet.

So there you go everybody! I hope you enjoyed this and make your way through the list to reduce your plastic consumption and share these tips with your friends and family. I don’t want any excuses so go get to it because there is no Planet B if we mess up this fabulous one

Lon x

p.s. I’m not sure how many posts this series will include, but if you feel I have missed anything out you would like me to include, I am very up for making a part 2 on plastic 😉

20 thoughts on “Small Ways to Save the Planet – Plastic Consumption”

  1. Soft weightless fruit & veg bags are a great way to avoid plastic – you can buy loose veg in store and able to get everything home neatly. Bags are so light, like the free plastic ones, so you don't pay/add to the fruit weight. It's a shame they're not widely marketed over here, I only learnt about them on holiday in Finland as a supermarket there sold RedCross charity fruit bags for those who want to re-use

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  2. I have recently stopped using plastic straws and follow most of the other tips. However, I never though about the toothbrush or the cell phone case!!! I will make those changes😍✌🏻❤️DanaNowheretobeproject.com

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  3. Such a relevant post – and important reminder to take care of the world we live in! Will definitely see how many changes I can make to my lifestyle. xhttps://www.hebahpervaiz.co.uk

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  4. I agree with all of these! I love brining reusable vegetable bags to the supermarket, much to the cashier's disapproval with a 'what IS that!?' look. Reducing our plastic consumption is totally the way forward.

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  5. Such a helpful post! I love how more people are spreading the word about the harmfulness of plastics- also I've never heard of an eco-friendly phone case before! Sounds an absolutely fab idea as I get through mine quite quickly- will definitely be checking them out! x

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  6. Great minds think alike! My latest post is very similar to this, I am all about lowering my plastic consumption and saving the oceans as well. My friend got me a compostable phone case for my birthday I lovie it!

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  7. Thank you! Yeah my family and friends are getting pretty sick of my ranting so I thought I would turn to my blog to spread the message ahaha. Yes get one! They are so amazing, great protection for your phone and eco friendly!Lon x

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  8. Since going vegan last year, I've done more research into plastic and now use a bamboo toothbrush. I also try to buy glass or cardboard based packed products over plastic. It's difficult though as sometimes brands don't give you a choice.Tea in the Tub

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  9. This is such a great post! I have been keeping an eye on my lifestyle to make it as plastic free as I can and I'm gradually swapping out my plastic items for more biodegradable options. I have a similar post going live in a couple of weeks cos I think it's so important to look after our planet and to educate people on how to do it!- Amy <3www.asphodelmoon.blogspot.com

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