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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

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

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.

4. Recycle 
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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

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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1) 0.35mm, 6H hardness
2) Explosion-proof and scratch-resistant
3) Will not break like tempered glass
4) Plus Lensun anti-shock case, will increase 95% protection to the phone
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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.

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