10 ways reducing plastic will benefit YOU

I usually focus on the positive, but last week we talked about 14 ways our over-use of plastic was killing us and the environment.

After all, knowledge can help motivate us to take positive actions.

On a  more cheery note, it’s not just the environment that benefits when you reduce your reliance on plastic. Here are some of the numerous positive side effects for you!

Stacks of half used toiletries taking up room in your bathroom?

Once you ditch the plastic, you’ll find yourself taking better care of the things you have and your bathroom bin will no longer be full of used razors, packaging and feminine hygiene products

Feeling the pinch?

You can save money by buying more from the market or farm shop; where you can often buy the exact amount you need, rather than excess food in excess packaging.

Need to budget?

Fewer impulse buys means more money stays in your bank account.

Hate emptying the bin?

We put our bin out every few months because there’s hardly anything in there!

Hate grocery shopping?

By the time you’ve loaded up your trolley, unpacked onto the conveyor belt, packed it back up again, carried it to the car, taken it out of the boot, carried it into the house, unpacked into the cupboards, it can be quite a task. By buying only what you need, the volume of groceries to carry and unwrap reduces, meaning you do your job quicker and get to spend more time doing the things you love.

Fed up of living in a mess?

By being a more mindful consumer you have less ‘stuff’ taking up space in your home. More space. More time. Less housework.

Want to feel good?

Supporting local business like the baker, butcher, farm shop and greengrocer means your money is being used to support your own local community.

Feeling lethargic and overweight?

By buying less junk food and convenience meals you’ll be able to purchase better quality food, which in turn will help you eat more healthily.

Learn new skills

Did you know you can make toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning products – and that’s just the start! By adopting a zero waste lifestyle you might learn how to sew, knit, repair things and some DIY.

New Plastics Economy

Here’s some inspiration to design plastics that never become waste


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  1. Julie on September 3, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I have been trying to be a zero-waster since the days when supermarkets chucked handfuls of carrier bags at you at the till. In those days, when I brought my own bags, the cashier would say with a sneer ” trying to save the planet are you?” That always annoyed me!
    Now I live alone on a very tight budget. My trip local shops are Aldi (only a few loose fruit and veg) and Sainsbury’s (more expensive than Aldi).
    No local greengrocer or butcher (meat is expensive so I rarely eat it now) but a fabulous farm shop that I can drive to but that would mean using more petrol.
    I also buy some fruit and veg frozen so that none of it goes to waste and it’s cheaper but it’s impossible to buy frozen foods that aren’t packaged in plastic.
    I am doing all I can afford to do (soap, reusable water bottle, net bags for loose fruit and veg, cooking all my meals from scratch, lining bins with newspaper, recycling, reusing etc) and I live on the outskirts of a small town with a limited number of shops within walking distance. Money is my main deterrent to zero-waste living.

    • Rachelle Strauss on September 3, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Oh I hear you on the carrier bags – I’m so pleased there is now a charge, as it gets people thinking. It sounds like you are doing brilliantly, Julie. Do you have room to grow any food? Just a bag of potatoes outside your front door, salad in a window box or herbs on the windowsill? I can’t think of anything else you can do as you’ve got most bases covered!

      • Julie on September 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

        Hi, I have a garden and I enjoy growing fruit and veg (salads, strawberries, rhubarb, runner beans and herbs) but, while I have loved this summer’s heatwave, my garden has not!

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