Tag: Less plastic

2019 Goal 4: Use Less Plastic

I have now been making an effort to reduce the plastic use in my home from the start of the year. My first few easy to implement changes were to stop buying liquid soap in bottles and change over to bars of soap and to take my own containers and cloth bags to the shops. Neither of these solutions takes much effort but they can have a huge impact.

The book No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey lists the top 15 items that wash up on our beaches and these include Drinks Bottles, Drinking Straws/Plastic Cutlery and Plastic Bags.

What I have realised from reading this book is that you are not just reducing your waste and helping the environment by using less plastic, you will also be saving money. For instance, Martin works out that if you buy a litre of bottled water a day (this is in the UK) where it costs between 30p and 60p per litre you will spend roughly £220 per year on bottled water, which is available from the tap.

Another one of my changes is to stop buying my kids bottles of juice for their packed lunches and to instead send them in to school with a reusable stainless steel bottle. These may seem like a large outlay at the start but if you calculate spending £1 per day on a drink then they pay for themselves in 2 weeks.

If you want to see more ideas from the No. More. Plastic. book then follow the hashtag #2minutesolution on Instagram. What changes are you going to make in 2019?

2019 Goal 4: Use Less Plastic

Today I started thinking about my 4th goal for 2019, to use less plastic. This goal is actually larger than just reducing plastic use it is about trying to be more conscious of the waste we produce as a family and to find ways of reducing all of it. This waste includes excess clothing and toys, food waste and packaging to name a few.

Some of the baby steps I intend to take this year are using cloth shopping bags and taking my own containers to the butchers and green grocers, also shopping local to save on fuel costs and finding alternative presents for my 3 children’s birthdays that do not include plastic toys.

To gather some more simple ideas I have just bought No More Plastic on my kindle, I will do a full review when I have read it.

No. More. Plastic.

As a fun project to involve the children in I have been researching eco bricks and how they can be used to build structures. These bricks can either be donated to a large scale project or used in your own garden. Have you ever made an eco brick?