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Single-use plastics pose a significant threat to the environment, contributing to pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change. Adopting a lifestyle that minimises the use of these plastics is a powerful way to contribute to a healthier planet. While our website gives you alternative ways to recycle certain plastics in your area, there are other ways that you can reduce your use of single-use plastic. Here’s our top 5:

Invest in Reusable Alternatives

Swap out single-use items for reusable alternatives. Invest in a stainless steel or glass water bottle, a durable coffee cup, and reusable shopping bags. Having these items on hand reduces the need for disposable plastics and promotes sustainable habits.

Say No to Plastic Straws

Plastic straws are among the most common single-use plastics found in the oceans. Choose to skip the straw or invest in reusable alternatives like stainless steel or bamboo straws. Most places now offer paper or compostable straws as well.

Bring Your Own Containers

When ordering takeaway or bringing home leftovers, opt for restaurants that allow you to use your own containers. Many establishments are supportive of customers reducing waste and will gladly accommodate your request to use your own.

Choose Products with Minimal Packaging

Be mindful of the packaging a product has when shopping. Choose products with minimal or recyclable packaging. Buying in bulk when possible can also reduce the amount of packaging waste generated.

Choose Loose Produce

When shopping for fruits and vegetables, choose loose produce instead of items packaged in plastic. Use reusable produce bags or simply place loose items in your shopping basket. You may even find that only buying what you need is cheaper too!