By Steven Potter, 26 July 2020
Drop single-use cups
Let’s start with your morning coffee. One of the easiest ways to go plastic-free is to bag yourself your very own reusable cup in place of takeaway options from all your favourite coffee places. You’re not only cutting down on waste, but the above cup from Corkcicle does a way better job at keeping liquids hot (for three hours) and cold (for nine hours!). Plus, when was the last time you got given a cup from a coffee shop in such a cute colourway?
Yep, re-useable straws
Straws are another plastic problem that are easily swapped out. You could just avoid using them, but if you simply must, these re-usable ones by Hip are a good option – each one features a zip function that allows you to open them up to give them a clean, and then reuse them. And, they are also very good for those days you want to keep your perfectly applied lipstick looking, well, perfectly applied.
Ditch plastic bottles
Did you know that that plastic bottles can take up to a thousand years to fully decompose? Scary, isn’t it? This handy solution from Stojo is a great alternative to plastic, and it’s also collapsible, so it takes up less room in your bag when you’re not using it – ideal!
Tote bags forever!
And here it is, the last super-easy plastic-free swap on the list and, quite conveniently, it’s the ideal place to put all of your brand-new goodies – a nifty tote bag. If you’ve always got one like this in your pocket, or your handbag, you can drastically reduce the number of plastic bags you use. Plus this one (and many others) look miles cooler than what you’d get at your local shop. Keep your eyes peeled for any bags on ASOS with ‘organic’ in the product title too, as these are made from organic cotton that uses less pesticides in the growing process – like the good stuff at the supermarket.
If you’re reading this thinking, ‘but won’t all these plastic alternatives arrive at my door in a plastic bag?’ Like, yes, they will – but we have some good news: all our bags are 100% recyclable and made from recycled materials – and because they're lighter and squishier than cardboard, this helps keep our vehicle emissions lower, too.
We’ve also signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (phew!), which ensures we’re on track for achieving the four following things:
•Take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging by
•Take action to move from single-use towards reuse models where
relevant by 2025
•100% of packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
•100% recycled or renewable content used in plastic packaging by 2025, with at least 30% of this being made up of post-consumer waste
So, we know we’re not perfect, but #WeAreOnIt