Coffee Cups

There are plenty of misleading products out there that you might be surprised to find contain plastics. Disposable coffee cups are one of these. It’s fairly obvious that the lids are made from plastic but more often than not the paper cups actually contain a thin layer of plastic film on the inside of them too, this means that they aren’t recyclable, despite what the fat cat big brand coffee companies may tell you. The best way you can combat this whilst still being able to enjoy your favourite cup of joe is to get yourself a reusable coffee cup, very simple.

Straws

There is likely no greater poster boy for the fight against plastic than those seemingly harmless plastic tubes used to sip up your drink. Sure, they may be handy when it comes to protecting your teeth but they are an absolute menace when it comes to the environment. They get stuck down birds’ throats and up turtles’ noses; it only takes seeing one picture of this to realise how needless these things really are. When you’re out refuse a plastic straw and make sure to let the establishment know why, there are plenty of alternatives (paper, bamboo, steel) that they can replace these with after all.

Fruit and Veg

You’re going to get your fruit and veg from the store, maybe you’re even going to buy organic to further do your bit for the environment, everything is going great. You arrive at the store and head to the veg section and one issue becomes suddenly very apparent, that very veg has been wrapped in an utterly pointless layer of plastic, if that wasn’t enough to boil your blood some genius has decided to throw in a polystyrene tray to keep the food looking neat and tidy. Do away with this by only buying loose veg or better yet, head down to your local farmers market and support a better cause in the process.

Fruit and Veg

Tea Bags

Fellow Brits may also be surprised to find out that the majority of the UK’s teabags actually contain a layer of polypropylene plastic. It may seem like a small amount but most of this plastic ends up in our soil, our rivers and eventually the sea. It’s time to start preparing your tea loose, get yourself an infuser and do away with the tea bags altogether. You’ll find that actually the drink actually tastes nicer too.

Tea Bags

Cotton Buds

Who are these things actually helping? Not only are they actually quite bad for your ears but they’re even worse for our environment, washing up on our beaches and effecting the safety of the world’s sea life too. Frankly you should do away with these things altogether but if you still feel the need to ravage your ear canal or use them whilst applying your makeup then try instead to purchase organic cotton buds. You can buy these in most supermarkets and they’re made from card sticks which are completely biodegradable.

Cotton Buds