Plastic can take up to one thousand years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-20 years to decompose, while bottles take 450 years. A lot ends up in our seas and oceans. when you wash polyester and other plastic based clothing micro particals are washed away, most of which will get through water processing plants and into our oceans, they’re then ingested by fish and other marine wildlife which ultimately can not be digested and will kill the animal. These are many reasons to cut down on plastics. #PlasticfreeJuly is a campaign that aims to create awareness for the damage caused by plastics on our environment.
Buy loose bulk, fruit and vegetables.
Bringing in your own re-usable cotton bags to carry fruit and vegetables is a great way to cut down on plastic. Our food safe tins are now half price and can be found next to any of our loose bulk shelves. Our vegetables are not only free of packaging, they’re also 100% organic and where we can buy locally we do!
Use refill stations for Soaps, Washing liquids.
Refill stations provide a way for you to reuse any container you may have whether its the original plastic packaging or a glass bottle our refill stations not only are cheaper than buying a packaged product, it also provides a way to help save the environment by cutting down on the amount of plastic waste humans produce everyday.
Use wooden and plastic free homeware
Many brands now offer bamboo toothbrushes which is a great place to start! Using metal/glass refillable water bottles is also very important. Hydrophil Creates bamboo self care products such as toothbrushes and cotton wool buds.
Carry a reusable cup!
Often paper cups used by coffeeshops contain a plastic lining which means they cannot be recycled, some coffeeshops use biodegradable cups but these are still single use. Each year, 100 billion single use coffee cups end up as landfill. You can easily make a different to cut the amount of plastic waste you make by carrying around a reuseable cup such as Ecoffee which are made with natural bamboo fibres.