How to Reduce Plastics at Home
Reducing plastic use is an important step in reducing our overall waste however, it is important not to create more waste than necessary by swapping out plastic items before the end of their lives.
Top tips for reducing plastic use and waste:
- Make your own cleaning products at home such as homemade surface cleaner
- Make your own beauty products, or take a look at our beauty bar reviews
- Visit your local zero waste shop
- Switch to coconut oil in glass jars for hair and body moisturiser
- Buy laundry powder in a cardboard box
- Avoid wet wipes for reusable clothes
- Invest in a reusable water bottle, and download the Refill app to find where you can fill up.
- Bring reusable containers and cutlery with you
- Remember your own shopping bags
- Buy plastic free fruit and veg where possible
- Chose clothing with sustainable and natural fibres
- Switch to reusable nappies
- Buy or make low waste gifts, find our guide here.
Visit our zero waste page for more ideas including low waste recipes, repair cafes and more.
How to Reduce Plastics at School
- Organise workshops, educational talks, assemblies, or film screenings. Look at what we offer on our webpage.
- Arrange a local park, beach, school, or river clean. Have a look at our Schools Litter Pick Pack.
- Reduce the sale of plastic covered snacks and drinks.
- Promote zero waste lunches, have a look on our webpage for some inspiration.
- Create opportunities to use and promote reusable items. Could your school introduce more water fountains or increase the promotion for existing ones. Have a look at the Tap Water Award on our funding page to see if your school qualifies for a grant.
- Request plastic free deliveries from suppliers.
- Rethink catering options by talking to the kitchen staff.
- Ditch the laminator and use plastic free displays.
- Create a Plastic Pioneers or Eco Committee.
Make sure to share your successes with other schools and the wider school community.