Eco-friendly student hacks: 7 easy ways to cut out plastic
If you've seen the shocking photos of sea creatures choking on plastic, then you'll know how important it is to cut down how much plastic you use.
Now is your time to do your bit to save the planet! Check out these hacks to reduce your plastic waste.
1. Buy metal straws
Pubs and restaurants are slowly banning the use of plastic straws. McDonald's no longer have their straws up for grabs, you have to go up to the counter to ask for one (this means that you can't stash them away in your bag any longer.) But, with these metal straws, you can make your drinks look Instagrammable. They're only about £5 for a set of four, and they're reusable, dishwasher safe, and they look great!
2. Bring your own bags
best thing about uni open days is the free tote bags xxxxxx
— ? (@terxture) October 13, 2017
The 5p charge for plastic bags is pretty annoying, so why don't you save yourself some cash, as well as the planet? Visit your university's Fresher's Fair to grab yourself some free tote bags to use for food shopping and storage! The best things in life are free after all. You can always also use them to bring your fruit and veg home to avoid the excessive packaging, try buying loose produce when you can!
3. Get yourself a reusable coffee cup
Those strawless starbucks cups are cool but you can also like bring in your own reusable starbucks cup and eliminate plastic altogether
— Sheyla Ramirez (@sheyla_ramz) May 5, 2018
Did you know that most places (including Costa and Starbucks) actually give you a discount if you bring your own cup in? Better yet, if you have one of their reward cards, they offer free reusable cups with any app purchase so go grab it while you can to save some extra money yourself.
We're provided with recycling bins for a reason. Find out exactly what goes in them, and don't start stuffing it with normal waste once your green bin gets full!
5. Stop flushing wet wipes
Other things like not flushing wet wipes in the toilet help to. If we all do our part and drastically cut down on single use plastic, we can leave our oceans cleaner for the next generation.
— grandpa ken ?? (@saskman100) May 8, 2018
They don't break down like toilet paper, no matter what the packaging tells you. Also, avoid flushing cotton buds, tampons, and make-up pads - save them for the bin otherwise you'll end up blocking the sewage system.
6. Screen protectors matter too
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You might think it's a bargain when you get yourself a plastic screen protector from eBay for 99p. But just think of how long this will take to break down when you decide to bin it. Grab yourself a glass screen protector - they can be slightly more expensive, but they can protect your phone screen a lot more, and they will not harm the planet after their use.
7. Switch to naked soaps
Lush have started producing 'naked' shower gels, where the shower gels are in solid form, until in contact with water - this helps reduce the use of plastic in the packaging, and saves you time and effort in recycling the product! Simply wash everything away, with no need to throw plastic bottles in the bin anymore.