How to reduce plastic waste around the house
More and more people are cutting down on the amount of plastic they use. There are some clever ideas out there, and we've collected them together all under one roof. Your roof.
These tips will help you avoid household plastics that can end up in our seas – harming our dolphins, turtles and other wildlife too.
And they'll enhance your life: saving you cash, replacing aggressive chemicals and giving you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
From the bathroom to the garden, there are loads of plastic alternatives. Read on to unlock our plastic-free secrets.
Ways to avoid plastics in the bathroom
How to reduce plastic waste in the bathroom – without smelling ripe and looking miserable.
Scrubbing up well can leave an ugly stain on our oceans and soils. Pretty much all the bottles, tubs and single-use items that go in the bin, eventually end up in landfills or the natural environment. Companies need to design unnecessary plastics out of their products and packaging. But in the meantime let's not wash our hands of the problem. Learn how to clean up your beauty regime with these sweet-smelling tips...
How to avoid plastic in the kitchen
The kitchen is a hotspot for plastics: cartons, bottles, food wrap, cleaning products... the list goes on.
Chances are, we've all plucked most of it from a supermarket shelf – a recipe for disaster when it comes to plastic-free shopping.
Read lifestyle blogger Wendy Graham's tips on going plastic free in the kitchen, and you'll never need to wrestle cellophane-wrapped broccoli again.
Reducing plastic use in the garden
TV’s Alys Fowler is taking on a plastic-free gardening challenge. Join her as she weeds out the plastic from her plant life. Ditch the pesticide bottles and dig into her fab tips, which include:
- How to make your own compost, peat and fertilisers.
- Alternatives to plastic plant pots.
- Using kitchen waste in the garden.
Plastic-free with kids
A house is for living in, right? So how do you bring up a family to use as little plastic as possible while getting on with life?
Bettina (aka @plasticfreehackney), mother of 2 small children, tells us about her plastic-free family life. It's not easy, she says, but it can be done.
Plastic-free to your door: milk in glass bottles
It seems the glass milk bottle is fighting back against the plastic empire.
Get the low-down on how we lost our bottle, why it's time to get it back, and how you can get yours.
Tetra Pak, poly bottle, plastic bag — a pinta in glass is the cream of the crop.
Read our in-depth guide to milk in glass bottles.
Plastic-free pet supplies
Poo bags, food packaging, bowls, chewy toys. Suddenly Polly is beginning to look more polymer than poodle.
And with tens of millions of pets padding around UK homes and gardens, the collective plastic pawprint is something we could usefully get our teeth into.
Whether you're a cat-cuddler, bunny guy or guinea-pig girl, check out our thoughts on plastic-free pets.