Taking steps to living a plastic free life doesn't have to cost the earth. Here are 5 simple steps on getting you started with your plastic free journey.
Ditch your plastic toothbrush in favour of a bamboo toothbrush. Plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill sites, sea and land and take hundreds of years to decompose causing pollution and life threatening danger to animals and marine life. Bamboo on the other hand is very sustainable, it grows very easily, is fully biodegradable and looks a million times nicer, win win!
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Transition to another bamboo made product, cotton buds. Say good riddance to the plastic cotton bud and introduce the much more environmentally friendly kind. Plastic cotton buds is another major plastic ending up in our oceans and causing devastation to the marine life. A cheap and easy switch to make but with such a positive effect to our environment. We stock biodegradable cotton buds here at Oak Lane for only £2.49 for 100. The marine life will thank you!
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Take your own reusable bags when out shopping. Whether it's shopping for groceries, fruit, vegetables or even clothes always remember to take your own bags. We are already bombarded with an overwhelming amount of plastic at the supermarket but where possible pick fruit and veg not wrapped in plastic. We have beautiful organic cotton mesh bags at Oak Lane, perfect for fruit and veg and for only a few quid they can be used again and again, unlike the single use plastic bags supplied at supermarkets. Unfortunately the images of plastic bags found in our oceans and marine life is all too common. Be part of the change!
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BAR OF SOAP
Introduce a bar of soap into your bathroom routine as opposed to plastic packaged hand & body washes. You may have noticed that the simple bar of soap is making a big comeback. In addition to being plastic free these bars of soap are usually made from 100% natural ingredients, so you're ditching the plastic and the chemicals! Good for you and good for the environment, Yay!
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It is likely that the run of the mill wrapping paper you use for wrapping your presents is neither plastic free or recyclable. Due to dyes, glitters and non paper additives this prevents it from being recycled. A way to apparently test if your paper is recyclable is by doing the scrunch test. If you scrunch it up and it stays scrunched then it is recyclable, and if it doesn't then it's not! As well as the wrapping paper itself the little extras like the laminated tags, plastic ribbon bows and sellotape are also non recyclable. Just take Christmas alone, the amount of wrapping used is colossal and seems so unnecessary, approximately 88 square km of wrapping paper was likely to be used in the UK in 2017 according to the Wildlife and Countryside Link. That is a whole lot of trees! So what's the solution? We can source wrapping paper from companies who have designed an eco friendly alternative. We can also use recyclable brown paper, simple and pretty. This could be finished with biodegradable twine and a little piece of natural greenery. The art of Furoshiki is also a beautiful option. This style of wrapping originated in Japan and uses one piece of fabric material to wrap an object. As it's held together with only a knot or knots it requires no further materials such as sticky tape or ribbon. The fabric can then of course be re used. You could also re use materials already in your home, newspapers, unused maps, pages from an old magazine or recycle boxes. I truly believe any of these alternatives are much prettier and sentimental than the mass produced wrapping paper. Happy wrapping!