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Is Plastic Fantastic?

Plastic is amazing. It’s so versatile and can be really hard-wearing, but this also means it takes hundreds of years to deteriorate and break down. This can result in the clogging up of landfills and can seriously affect wildlife, and many items will degrade into microplastics which end up getting washed into the ocean and killing sea creatures and birds, and can even end up in the food we eat.

But plastic isn’t always the enemy, for example, there is nothing wrong with using plastic Tupperware to pack your lunch in or having a plastic general waste bin, as these things will be used thousands of times before they deteriorate and may never need to be replaced. The trouble lies with our attitudes, and the way we so readily use single-use and disposable products made of plastic; think milk cartons, ready meal packaging and baby wipes.

It’s been estimated that 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and even more worryingly, 6.3 billion metric tons of that has thought to become plastic waste. Every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists to this day, so before buying a disposable plastic item ask yourself if you really need it, and if it can be replaced with a non-plastic version or a reusable product.

Below are some of the plastic-free swaps I have made over the last 10 months:

Some other changes that I aim to make in the future include:

Hopefully, some of these changes will inspire you to look more into how you can adopt a reduced plastic and reduced waste lifestyle. If you are feeling inspired, there are some great blogs to follow on Instagram and Pinterest! Just search #plasticfree or #zerowaste to get started…


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