Top Tips on How to Reduce Plastic Waste in Your Home

We live in an age where we are all gradually becoming more environmentally aware – and it’s about time. There is so much information out there in different formats, whether your preference be the daily newspaper, the television, reading online or delving into a good non-fiction book. However it is you like to do your research, there’s one thing that’s for certain – there’s absolutely no excuse for not being more environmentally aware in 2019. As you probably well know, one of the biggest ways we as humans contribute to the downfall of our environment is through the amount of plastic waste that we all produce. But there are low-key ways of reducing the plastic waste that comes from your own home. It might not sound like much, but remember if we all did it, it could make a huge difference.

Water Bottles
Are you in a family that has bottled water as a staple on the weekly food shop list? If so, this is something you might want to consider changing up, and for more reasons than one. First of all, did you know that bottled water bought in shops has been proven to have leaked chemicals in it, and is therefore less safe than tap water? Also the amount of plastic waste that is derived from the number of people buying plastic bottled water, also wrapped in plastic, by the bulk load is insane. When you think about it, you have ready access to safely purified tap water on a ready basis, so you really don’t have an excuse.
For each member of the household, purchase a reusable water bottle. This means that when they need a drink of water either to take out with them or have in the house, they have a bottle to put it in. Not only is it healthier for yourselves and the environment, but you’ll actually save yourself money too. Just by making this small change, you can make such a difference.

Grow Your Own Produce
Now, no one is saying you have to go out and purchase an allotment, and live off the land only. Although some people do prefer to live like that, it’s definitely not for everybody.
However, if you have a garden, have you ever thought about starting your own small vegetable patch? It doesn’t have to take up too much room, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it started. Simply by doing your research, and buying the appropriate seeds to grow in each season, you could easily sustain yourself and your household with vegetables for the foreseeable future.
Doing this has several perks. Not only can you massively reduce your plastic waste, but you can also save yourself money, live organically and undertake a new and healthy outdoor project. With this sort of sustainable lifestyle becoming ever more on trend too, have you ever thought about the ways this could implicate you positively if you choose to sell your home on? If, for example, you choose to go with quick sale companies such as, if your home has quirky and sustainable features like this, its bound to attract a wider audience and gain more interest. Plus, you’re actively encouraging other people to go natural and reduce their plastic waste too!

Avoid Disposable Items
This pretty much goes for anything plastic and disposable that you’d buy. For example plastic cutlery for kids tea parties, plastic straws for drinks and anything else that you can think of. You might have even seen that the government is planning on banning these items in the future to try and combat their major contribution to plastic waste. This is a step in the right direction. You may have also noticed that several large corporations such as McDonalds and Wetherspoons have also made the jump into using paper straws. Follow their lead! There are so many alternatives nowadays. For example, you can even buy reusable straws that aren’t made out of plastic.

Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
This is something that we’re all undoubtedly guilty of – forgetting our shopping bags. The five pence charge was brought in in order to encourage us to use our own bags, or purchase reusable bags for life, so what excuse do we have not to? Did you know that a bag for life, is actually for life too. When you’ve used it until it’s no longer usable, you can take it back to the supermarket, and they’ll replace it for you. Not only does it save you money, but it massively reduces your contribution to plastic waste. It just takes a little bit of extra thought.


  1. Lynda Cook says

    We can’t drink our tap water, but I do have a water cooler that holds the 5 gallon jugs, and we use that and use our own cups, and I have been using my own bags for a long time now, I still need to get reuseable straws though, every little bit helps!

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