Plastic Free July

What can we all do to make our homes more plastic free and start to make small changes

Here in the U.K, we are becoming increasingly aware of the result that excessive plastic consumption is having on our beautiful planet. Slowly but surely, we truly believe we’re headed in the right direction; however, we still have a long way to go. 

Everyday items such as plastic water bottles and straws are just not sustainable in anyway, regardless of what the packaging may say. They use up a vast amount of fossil fuels and water to be both manufactured and distributed around the world. Within that, the toxins in the plastic itself have an extremely negative effect on our environment, as well as out own personal health.

Here at Elspeth’s Kitchen, we believe that every little helps, and doing your bit, no matter how small, can only have positive changes on what will hopefully become a world wide movement. So, what does that look like in reality, and what are a couple of easy ways we can start implementing this within our own homes?

Straws

We all say that heart breaking David Attenborough clip of the baby whale, which has very much been a catalyst for a conscious cut down on the use of plastic straws. Did you know that, at this point there are more plastic straws in our oceans than fish? That’s pretty ludicrous, if you ask us.

Instead of grabbing a packet of plastic straws for that summer BBQ you have coming up, or opting for one alongside your morning smoothie, grab a stainlesssteel or glass straw. You can get these amazing little straw brushes too, which make cleaning them an absolute breeze. Yes, the paper ones do get a little soggy before you’ve even got halfway through your juice, but can also be a great alternative too.

Bottles

Not only is it sustainable to carry around a glass bottle with you throughout the day, its also pretty cool. There are so many amazing brands on the market that offer different sized high quality glass bottles, meaning that you’ll be able to use it time and time again. Much more economically friendly too! It’s also better for your health to opt for a glass or flask, as when heated slightly, the chemicals from plastic water bottles can actually seep into the liquid inside. This without a doubt can have a negative effect on our health, and most specifically, our endocrine systems.

Coffee Shop Cups

We’re huge fans of our Keep Cups, which mean you can take your coffee to go and still be eco-friendly. If you think about it, a coffee a day means you’re using up an insane amount of to-go cups, with their unnecessary plastic lids, within the space of a month, let alone a year. A lot of places now, Pret being one of them, are actually offering money off your hot drink if you bring your own cup, win win for everyone!

Plastic Packaging

Unless we’re mindful, it’s very easy to ignore just how much plastic enters our homes during our weekly shops. Take a stroll down the fruit and vegetable isle at your local super market and you’ll notice just how many items are tightly wrapped in almost excessive amounts of plastic. Most produce has it’s own packaging by nature, such as oranges and bananas, so the need for plastic packaging feels ever so pointless.

Instead, head to your local farmer’s market with a reusable canvas bag (ever so fashionable right now) and grab your fruit and veg packaging free! If you don’t have a farmer’s market near you, simple start opting for loose produce when shopping, or take your own paper bags if you really need them. Less demand for plastic wrapped produce will hopefully result in the manufactures taking notice and cracking down on plastic waste. You can make a difference in your own home too, buy ditching the plastic cling film for bee’s wax wraps and glass Tupperware pots.

Think Outside The (sustainable) Box

Venture out of the kitchen and take a closer look around your home, are their any products with plastic packaging that you can find sustainable replacements for? From beauty products, cleaning solutions to even your clothing, there are so many incredible brands popping up promoting an eco-friendly, plastic-free wayof living, so invest in these companies and spread the word!