Posted on March 16 2017
Since 1950s, one billion tons of plastic have been discharged and some of that material might persist for centuries or much longer. So, have you ever thought about doing something to reduce your plastic footprint on the environment?
Some of the consequences of plastic waste are that it:
- contributes to the climate change problems with the increase of carbon emissions and carbon sink
- results in microplastics in the marine food chain, harming marine life and affecting food supplies
Here are some tips to help you reduce your plastic footprint
1. Bring your own reusable bags wherever you go
Most plastic bags are not recycled and end up in landfill where they take hundreds of years to break down. There are now all kinds of reusable bags out there. Choose what works for you and carry it with you in your pocket, coat, purse or car.
If like me you forget to carry a resuable bag, why not to invest in a practical everyday bag that you can put extra items into when necessary. This waxed cotton backpack is available here.
2. Avoid bottled water and bring your own reusable water bottle or mug when you go out
Plastic bottled water has got lots of disadvantages, including:
- usually it is filtered tap water
- it is expensive
- the plastic used normally is type PET #1 which contains the toxic metal antimony. If it is used once, it might be harmless, but once you re-use, these toxins will break down faster and leach more plastic residue.
Get yourself a reusable stainless steel bottle or a glass bottle.
Find reusable plastic bottles here.
3.Use non-plastic containers for food – lunches, leftovers, freezing, storage
When plastic food containers are exposed to extreme temperatures, it causes them to break down faster and leach chemicals more readily.
Use alternatives such as glass containers, stainless steel, china. You have a lot of options to get rid off the plastic from your kitchen shelves and fridge.
We will be stocking non-plastic containers from April at Sancho's :). Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to contact you when they are here :)
4. Shop at your local farmers market
A great way to shop for fresh and locally produced food. What's more, you are not only helping the local community of farmers, but are also eating healthier options choosing seasonal fruits and veggies, avoiding packaging and getting to know who is producing your food.
We highly recommend https://www.shillingfordorganics.co.uk. Shillingford always has a stall at the farmers market and are keen for you to use reusable packaging.
5. Request plastic-free gifts for yourself
So if you are reading this, it's likely you are already looking out for ways to cut back. You can help increase awareness by asking your family and friends for plastic-free gifts on your birthday or a special occasion, this will help everyone around you to be more conscious of what they are buying. It is also a nice challenge a family to take on together!
Here is an example of “plastic-free” gift that you can find at our store or website:
Great gift, a touch of simplicity and elegance.
6. Look for plastic-free shoes. Ones that are made from natural rubber rather than plastic, or jute soles and reclaimed leather.
100% natural rubber is completely biodegradable. So if you wear out your 100% natural rubber flip-flops, that means you can bury them and the earth will take care of it without any damages to land. You can also find jute sole shoes with reclaimed leather. Reclaiming leather and saving offcuts from landfill, creates new items without contributing to environmental pollution.
Check out our new plastic free shoe range here
7. Choose Plastic Free Clothing
Choose natural fibres, look for organic cotton, hemp, cruelty free wool, bamboo. Avoid conventional cotton because of fertilisers and pesticides used to grow it.
Synthetic high performance fabrics, such as nylon, polyester, rayon, acrylic or spandex - everything from running shorts to yoga pants to fleece jackets and more, are known to shed a lot of micro plastic fibres, making them a major pollutant as compared to cotton fabrics. Washing machines play an integral step in the path to pollution. Everytime we use it, millions of pieces of tiny fibres flow into the ocean. Our clothing is breaking up, sending this plastic microfibre out with the drain water.
Organic cotton, hand spun fabrics and high quality clothing last longer and shed natural fibres, reducing your personal impact on the planet.
Check out a variety of 100% organic cotton, tencel (also known as Lyocell), hemp fabric clothing, bamboo socks and fair trade wool garments at