Most of us go to the supermarkets on a weekly basis. Many of us look at all the packaging and wish it was not there. We wish when we bought a coffee that it was without a plastic lid. We hate throwing out all the plastic toiletry bottles. Where do we start in reducing our own consumption?
Simple, don't buy them! We managed it with plastic bags and now we need to do it with water. Carry around a reusable water bottle, preferably not made of plastic. There are many options to consider and some will even keep your water cold for up to 12 hours.
If you must drink soft drinks then why not invest in a soda stream. It will save you money and cut down on your recycling load.
Shower Gel & Hand Soap
This will seem like a big change initially but you will grow to love all the naturally made scented soaps there are available. Choose a soap that is not wrapped in plastic. They last forever.
Fruit and Vegetables
When you go shopping try to buy loose products. If you need to put them in a bag before adding them to your basket, you can put them into the brown paper mushroom bags instead of plastic ones. Alternatively, you can purchase string vegetable bags to put them in. Farm shops and small independent stores are often best for packaging.
At home many people still use zip-lock, sandwich and freezer bags to store food. Why not use up some of the containers you would have thrown in the recycling such as soup pots and yoghurt pots or use re-usable containers.
If you do love your coffee on the go, buy a bamboo re-usable coffee up. If you forget it, make sure to refuse the plastic lid and avoid using plastic stirrer.
Get into the habit of saying 'no straw' please when ordering your drink. Most establishments do not even ask you whether you want one or not. If a straw is a must then ask for a paper one or carry your own reusable straw.
Fish and chips out or other take away meals often give you plastic cutlery. Refuse their cutlery and use your own. I always have a wooden fork, knife & spoon in my back pack. You can buy wooden sporks which function as all three.
How many empty milk cartons do you throw out each week. Why not save yourself the bother of shopping for them at all. Have them delivered to your doorstep in glass returnable bottles?
This is easy to avoid and there are some great beeswax alternatives. If cost is an issue, cut up the inside of cereal packets and use an elastic band. Plenty of them left on the street by the postmen.
There are many ways to make an impact with reducing single-use plastic but the above list is the simplest way to get started.