Cut out single use plastic

We rely on plastic every day, and it’s fantastic!

Plastic is a valuable material in vehicles, IT, hospitals and more. But it is also used for items we use just once before throwing away.

In Redbridge, we collect plastic bottles only for recycling. We’re working on expanding the range of plastic we collect, but even recycling plastic has an environmental and economic cost.

Swapping single use plastic items for reusables tackles the plastic problem and can provide us with longer lasting alternatives that can save money and often perform better.

Remembering reusable bags when we shop, taking our own insulated mug for a coffee on the go and asking for our own water bottles to be refilled are a good place to start.

For next steps, consider making one of these swaps:

 

Personal care swaps

Swap disposable for Reusable wipes

Swap disposable sanitary products for plastic free periods

Swap disposable nappies containing plastic for reusable cloth nappies

Swap liquid soap in plastic bottles for money saving soap bars.

 

Home

Swap disposable cleaning cloths for washable alternatives

Explore refill shops and services for cleaning products or buy oversized to refill as you go

Swap laundry liquid for powder in a box

Flannel your floor rather than ditching a disposable wipe

 

Celebrations

Swap overpackaged minis for larger treats that can be divided

Swap plastic bunting for your own made from last year’s cards

Swap plastic filled party bags for paper bags of sweets, books or plants

Swap glittery plastic-coated wrap for a recyclable choice

 

Eating and Drinking

Swap takeaways for fakeaways and cut your packaging waste

Swap yoghurt pots for a new skill and try making your own

Swap overpackaged fruit and veg for a veg box delivery scheme or buy loose

Swap individually wrapped treats for a bulk pack you can portion

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