Sometimes we don't realise just how much plastic we consume in our everyday lives, and how much a sustainable switch can make all the difference in our personal plastic usage. If you're looking to cut down on plastic waste, it's surprisingly simple to take sustainability outside of the home with a few great eco-friendly product swaps.
Here, we've put together 5 simple ways you can work towards zero plastic when you're out and about. Say goodbye to single-use plastic by carrying these useful items in your bag!
1. Produce bags
We've all well and truly made the switch to reusable shopping bags while shopping for groceries, but what about the single use plastic bags the supermarket provides us when we need to bag our fruits and vegetables? Instead of bringing home multiple plastic bags to house your fresh produce, make the switch to a reusable option like the Life Basics Mesh Produce Bags. There are even reusable shopping bags options for more difficult to contain produce like dried fruit, nuts and grains- we love the Life Basics Produce Bags - Large 8 Pack.
2. Reusable cutlery
It's the year of the picnic! The events of the last year mean we've been encouraged to catch up with friends outdoors (plus, we're all indulging in a bit more takeaway!), but you can avoid having to use plastic cutlery by bringing along your own reusable cutlery. We're not saying you need to lug around a metal fork from your kitchen drawer- there are so many lightweight, travel-safe options that you can pop in your bag on the go in eco-friendly reusable materials like bamboo and even biodegradable plastic. You'll love the Monbento Mb Pocket Colour Cutlery Set and Life Basics Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set.
3. Reusable straws
It's easy to get caught out and find yourself having to use a plastic straw- we've all been there! Plenty of food and drink outlets are now offering more eco-friendly alternatives like paper straws, but these can often get soggy which makes them difficult to drink from. Instead, keep a reusable straw like the Life Basics Reusable Wide Bent Silicone Straws or Life Basics Stainless Steel Straws in your handbag.
4. Water bottles
Beyond being better for the environment, bringing along your own water bottle is also a huge money saver. Rather than purchasing a new, single use plastic bottle of water whenever you're out, save yourself a few dollars by simply filling up your own, eco-friendly water bottle. We love an insulated water bottle to keep our water cool all day long- even when we're on the go.
5. Coffee cups
Reusable coffee cups are a coffee lover's dream! If buying a cup of coffee (or two...) is part of your daily ritual, it's time to invest in a reusable cup. The lids of disposable coffee cups are not recyclable, so the base and lid of the cup actually needs separating before being disposed of. Save yourself the hassle and go one better with a reusable coffee cup. Did you know that some cafes even offer a discount when you bring your own cup?! Shop our full range of eco-friendly alternatives to single use plastics online now.