10 Easy Ways To Use Less Plastic

Choose to refuse single-use plastic, here are 10 really easy tips to help you get started!

 

1. CARRY A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

One of the simplest ways you can reduce your waste is to eliminate single use plastic waterbottles from your day-to-day life. Make it a habit to carry a reusable waterbottle with you and refill as you need! Our stainless steel water bottles are 100% BPA free and are double insulated to keep you liquids cold for up to 24 hours or warm for up to 12 hours! 

Top Tip: our waterbottles also hold a full bottle of wine for those who like fancy picnic 😉

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2. BUY AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU NEED IN BULK

Purchasing your food in bulk has many wonderful benefits for both you and the planet. Not only will it help you reduce your packaging waste but will also help you reduce food waste by only buying what you need!  your food waste! Bulk buying and choosing to refill is a great way to become a more sustainable shopper - plus bulk shopping is a lot of fun and can also save your money!

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3. BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP OR MUG

Did you know, in Ireland approximately 200 million single-use coffee cups are thrown away every year! But don't worry you don't have to skip your morning treat, simply opt for a reusable insulated cup instead - they are durable and will also keep your coffee warmer for longer (which is especially helpful in the cold Irish winter). 

the source bulk foods reusable coffee cup

4. DO NOT USE PLASTIC PRODUCT BAGS

Say no to plastic product bags in the supermarket and instead op for an organic reusable produce bag! They fold down easily so can be carried easily in your bag and can be washed and reused over and over again.

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5. SAY NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS & CUTLERY

Single use plastic straws and cutlery are a thing of the past! Say goodbye to necessary plastic waste and embrace a more sustainable, plastic-free solution like our bamboo cutlery and wrap set or reusable stainless steel straws. They are also a great option for kids lunchboxes!

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6. STOCK YOUR PANTRY USING GLASS JARS

Not only will glass jars make your pantry look clean, organised and beautiful, but they will also help you reduce your household waste! By refilling your own jars and containers with bulk foods you are eliminating single-use packaging from your weekly shop which will significantly reduce your household waste and go a long way to helping our planet. You can even use jars to store food in the freezer - how great is that! 

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7. BRING YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAG

Always carry a reusable tote or shopping bag with you! Not only will you be eliminating plastic-bags from your shop, but they are also much more sturdy which makes them great for carrying heavier items and liquids!

the source bulk foods reusable jute tote bag

8. REFILL YOUR OWN JARS AND CONTAINERS 

We encourage all of our customers to bring their own refillable bags and bottles when shopping in-store. You’ll be surprised just how much packaging you can save from landfill with a few simple changes to your shopping routine.

the source bulk foods jars

9. MAKE FOOD FROM SCRATCH 

Cooking from scratch is a great way to reduce your plastic household waste! By buying raw ingredients that aren't prepackaged and preserved in plastic, you are saving on unnecessary plastic packaging that would otherwise be disposed of in landfill. Plus, cooking from scratch means you can control what goes in your meals - ensuring they are not just delicious, but also healthy and full of essential nutrients! 

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10. REUSE FIRST THEN RECYCLE 

First think reuse, then think recycle! If an item is truly at the end of it's useful life don't just throw it away. See if there is a way you can upcycle it and reuse it in a different way (old clothes can easily be donated or cut up and used as cleaning clothes). Where possible, always recycle and make sure you check your local council rules on recycling as there may be additional disposal services you aren't aware of. 

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