As summer approaches, the shops are filled with way too many miniature plastic bottles of different toiletries that consumers feel the need to buy. I’ve definitely been there before on previous holidays when I’ve bought several small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and face wash completely unaware of how damaging they are to our wonderful planet.
Luckily there are now lots of alternatives on the market that will not only help the environment but will save you money too.
So here’s some tips to help you have a more eco-friendly travel bag this year:
Since I went vegan over five years ago, my biggest obstacle
at Easter has always been finding vegan chocolate eggs. I’ve went from barely
being able to find one in the shops to having a huge variety to pick from.
However, now I can’t help but notice the sheer volume of plastic that they come
We all know how damaging plastic is to our planet. There is
no planet B. We need to stop taking the world for granted and start making
smart decisions which will not do irreversible damage.
So, if you are looking to buy Easter eggs this year then please think the plastic that you’re also purchasing. To make it a little easier for you, I’ve put together a list of the top five most eco-friendly vegan Easter eggs I could find.
For someone like me who has been wearing monthly contact lenses for around 18 years now the fact there is now a contact lenses recycle scheme is such a welcome announcement.
According to my maths skills, I have probably thrown away somewhere in the region of 450 contact lenses and plastic packages (I’ve rounded the number up to include the extra ones that I used to rip when I first started to use them). That’s a huge amount of plastic that I’ve had to throw away because there was no other solution.
Did you know that 4.3 million disposable menstrual products are used in the UK each year?
Considering that conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic, with menstrual pads containing the equivalent of 4 plastic bags, you can only imagine how damaging it is to the environment! I’m ashamed to admit that I had absolutely no idea how damaging menstrual products are until a few years ago. Growing up, there was never any mention of it. You either used tampons or pads, and it was pretty much as black and white as that. There was no discussion about plastic free alternatives, however in the past year there has been a lot of noise made about sustainable periods and what other options are out there.
Did you know almost a third of plastic packaging used by supermarkets in the UK is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to recycle? Then there’s the packaging that can be recycled yet people choose to throw it in the bin instead.
Some supermarkets are taking steps in the right direction. A few months ago, Morrisons announced that all their fruit and vegetable bags will be compostable by spring 2019 and all single-use carrier bags will be removed from the shops by March 2019. And Iceland made the announcement that its bananas will be sold in a recycled paper wrapping instead of plastic by the end of the year.
While these are all steps in the right direction, we can’t just sit around waiting for the supermarkets to change everything for us. There’s lots of ways that we can take control of how much plastic we consume when we shop right now.
It’s time for another trip away, and I’m trying to do it as zero waste as possible. I’m heading to Ireland on Wednesday for a mini break to attend a wedding and visit my boyfriend’s family.
Usually whenever you head through security at the airport you’re met by millions of miniature products that not only cost the same as a standard size product but are so unnecessary. I try to take the minimal number of products possible and use things which I can just refill or reuse so I don’t create more waste.