10 plastic-busting tips on World Oceans Day

PUBLISHED: 15:29 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 08 June 2018

Its no secret that mass plastic consumption is a significant threat to our oceans and the environment. Photo: Getty Images

Its no secret that mass plastic consumption is a significant threat to our oceans and the environment. Photo: Getty Images


It's no secret that mass plastic consumption is a significant threat to our oceans and the environment. It's a high cost for the convenience of cheap disposable items - many of which have sustainable alternatives.

And with Sandringham banning plastic bottles, a number of local bars ditching plastic straws and lots of local water refill points put in placein recent months , Norfolk is doing its bit when it comes to cutting down on plastic use.

Here are some simple but effective tips, courtesy of the recycling experts at JunkHunters, to help you follow Norfolk’s example in your home.

1. Think before you buy

Before you start spending, think about your shopping list – avoid buying single use plastics such as water bottles and invest in a reusable drinks bottle instead. Avoid packaged goods such as fruit and veg and opt for produce from the fresh section.

2. Buy a strong reusable bag

It’s simple enough – but people still forget to buy reusable bags or take one they’ve purchased with them on the next trip to the shops. The best thing to do is buy one and pop it back in the boot of the car once you’ve unpacked the shopping, it’ll be there ready for next time.

3. Avoid microbeads

Microbeads found in face washes, toothpastes and other beauty items are often washed down the sink and end up in our oceans. The tiny size of the beads means they are ingested by marine life and can often end up back on our plates.

4. Buy in bulk

Buying your food in bulk uses less packaging than buying smaller amounts of food more frequently. You can keep food such as cereal in tubs and it will save the environment and save you more money in the long term.

5. Cook more

Avoid ready meals and takeaways packaged in plastic and cook from scratch with ingredients at home – you will not only cut your plastic consumption, but it will save you money and it’s healthier.

6. Avoid wet wipes

Wet wipes and baby wipes are made with plastic resins such as polyester and are responsible for clogging drains when they are flushed down the toilet. The government is in talks about eliminating wipes in the hope that businesses will formulate eco alternatives, so it’s best to get used to living without them now.

7. Avoid plastic in clothing

This may sound odd, but clothing can contain plastic. Synthetic fibres such as polyester and lycra have tiny micro plastic fibres that come off in the wash and through general wear. Opt for natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool if you can.

8. Use refillable stations where possible

Retailers are starting to provide refillable stations for certain convenience items, so where possible, research your local area for facilities and take your own containers to refill your goods. This means you won’t have all the unnecessary packaging each time you shop.

9. Use naked toiletries

Certain retailers specialise in toiletries with no packaging - such as soap and shampoo bars. Simply lather and place back on the side of the tub for the next use. There’s no packaging to throw away, as once the toiletries are gone, they’re gone.

10. Say no to straws

Plastic straws are a functionless plastic that are being banned in retailers and restaurants nationwide. If you want to have straws for a birthday party for example - opt for paper straws that are recyclable.

Will you be putting these tips to use in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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