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Why is it so important to go plastic free?

By FreshSocial 04 Jul 2018

You might have heard a thing or two about people trying to reduce how much plastic they use on a daily basis, but do you know what it means?


If you're not too sure about (or don't really understand) the importance of reducing the amount of plastic you use, this guide will help you out...

Everyone all over the world is a little bit more aware of how much plastic they use, but with big plans announced by Theresa May this year, it's becoming a very important topic. Our Prime Minister pledged in January this year to put an end to ALL avoidable plastic waste by 2042. It might seem a long way away but it's an amazing thing to introduce. 

What do you need to do?
The goal should be to become completely plastic-free. That isn't going to happen overnight and that isn't your fault, it's the fault of retailers. However, there ARE some small switches you can make instantly to cut the amount of plastic you use, and it's easier than you think.

Here are a few simple ways that you can cut plastic from your everyday life to make small steps towards a big lifestyle change:

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Cutting your use of plastic water bottles, shampoo bottles and plastic tubes isn't just good for the environment but has a positive effect on your bank balance too - they'll save you money. For example, you'll usually get more product in glass jars than tubes. So it's only logical to cut out the plastic! 

Another small change you could make is not getting a straw with your drink - this makes a bigger impact than you realise. The Standard created a The Last Straw campaign to encourage London restaurants and bars to stop using plastic. It's already caught on in a lot places including Sexy Fish, Soho House Group, Deliciously Ella deli's and Jamie Oliver restaurants. If you're a fan of a 'cheeky Nandos' you will have noticed that all over the UK you have to now ASK for a straw if you want one because they're kept behind the counter. 

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So, WHY do you need to stop using plastic?
If you didn't watch Blue Planet II then you really need to. Not just for David Attenborough but because the final episode touched on our excessive use of plastic and the terrifying effect that it's having on the planet. It's easy to just throw things away, but they usually end up being eaten by animals which can have a fatal result.

Plastic also takes years to decompose (450 for bottles and 1000s for plastic bags) meaning they're just sitting there, not being reused and literally just being wasted. Make the switch to plastic-free. There is NOTHING you'll regret about it.

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You can always find new and innovative ways to replace plastic in your day-to-day life. This might be replacing your plastic toothbrush (there are some awesome wooden alternatives) or looking into your favourite makeup products and the amount of plastic this uses.

Either way, it's time to start cutting down how much you use!

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