7 Plastic-Free Tips For an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Written 12th July 2021

Are you keen to discover some savvy plastic-free tips?


Here at Billesley Manor, we’re looking at different ways you can help reduce the use of single-use plastics in your everyday life to help raise awareness for Plastic-Free July.


Here are our top 7 plastic-free tips:


1. Try to Avoid Using Disposable Cups/Straws

Using eco-friendly, reusable cups and straws is easy to achieve at home – but if you’re out and about you may find that some cafes/restaurants use plastic takeaway cups. You can avoid using unnecessary single-use plastics by taking your own cups out with you. 


There is a range of collapsible cups available (e.g. silicone) so as not to take up too much space in your bag, and many places offer a discount if you bring your own. 


Finding eco-friendly solutions to plastic straws can be a little more challenging, but many cafes/eateries now are using reusable or paper straws. You may find it helpful to carry your own reusable straws, which you can then use in places that still offer plastic ones.


Plastic free tips - reusable coffee cup and straws


2. Plastic-Free Tips: Use Compostable Bags

Compostable bags are a much more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags, as they don’t sit in landfills or end up on beaches. Instead, they’re biodegradable and break down when they’re disposed of.


Compostable bags are mostly made from plant-based materials such as corn starch; and so not only do they reduce the amount of plastic waste, they actually give back to the environment.


3. Plastic Free Tips: Reusable Water Bottles

Stainless steel, glass, and bamboo water bottles are all great alternatives to plastic. They’ll help you to achieve a much more eco-friendly lifestyle. They’re also much more beneficial for the environment, as they’ll reduce the amount of waste in landfill sites. This, in turn, will help to prevent CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere, leading to a safer, cleaner planet.


Plastic free tips: Woman sat with groceries and reusable water bottle


4. Use Glass Jars for Food Storage

Instead of using plastic tubs for food storage, try using glass ones instead. You can reuse jam jars or empty coffee jars for items such as rice, pasta, or homemade jams and chutneys.


You could also upcycle glass jars into vases, or storage for buttons or paperclips. With a little creativity, you can come up with some quirky uses for your glass jars. You could pop a tealight into an empty glass jar, or tie a handle to use as a decorative glass lantern. Alternatively, why not use one to grow a terrarium?


5. Invest in Shopper Bags

Large, reusable shopper bags are a useful and environmentally friendly addition to your cupboard. You can take them with you to do all your shopping, which replaces the need for you to buy plastic bags. They’re also handy to pack in essential extras for a weekend away.


They’re inexpensive in the long-term, and can be hard-wearing, so they’re a worthwhile investment and will help to reduce your plastic waste.


6. Brush Your Teeth With Bamboo

Another of our plastic-free tips is to stop using disposable plastic toothbrushes. As toothbrushes are essential in our everyday lives, and we replace them every 3 months or so, our plastic waste can quickly add up. So, it’s essential to switch to eco-friendly ones where possible.


If you’re not using an electric toothbrush, try switching to bamboo toothbrushes. The bristles are soft on the gums and they’re much better for the environment.


Bamboo is fast-growing and is a sustainable resource – so it’s easy to replenish.

Plastic free tips: Bamboo toothbrushes with towels, plant and soap dispenser


7. Check Your Teabags are Plastic-Free

Some teabags contain plastic within their casing which means they’re less likely to be fully recycled. 


This is a simple plastic-free tip for your home: when buying tea, check the box to ensure the teabag is plastic-free. This way, you can be sure that your tea bags will be fully recycled after use.


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