Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution enter our oceans, a fact that we have all become much more aware of this year thanks to David Attenborough and Blue Planet II. If like me, you had a bit of an idea before that plastic wasn’t great, but no idea how bad it was from the planet until recently, you may have found yourself thinking – how can I start using less plastic? On first thought, it seems almost impossible to cut down our plastic use, as plastic is literally everywhere. We buy our food in plastic, the beauty products we use are plastic, the cups we drink our takeaway coffee out of are plastic… like I said, it is literally everywhere.
However, switching to plastic free alternatives has become easier than ever, now that the world has realised just how much we are damaging our oceans and the planet we need to survive. Despite it being easier, it doesn’t always come at a nice cost – and shipping products from here there and everywhere can be a bit of a hassle. And that’s where Make A Start comes in, with plastic free starter kits!
The best thing to recognise, is that you are not going to be able to completely overhaul your plastic use in one go – but making a start is better than nothing. Instead of getting a takeaway coffee cup every time you visit your local coffee shop for your caffeine fix, have a reusable coffee cup! Not only is this reducing your single-use plastics, it’ll probably save you a bit of money in the long run as most coffee shops are now taking a bit of money off the cost of your coffee if you bring your own cup.
A reusable coffee cup is just one of the fab products that you can find in a Make A Start plastic free starter pack*; which arrives with you just three working days after you order. The products included are:
- Stainless steel water bottle: this bottle can be used for hot or cold liquid, and trust me it keeps that temperature for a LONG time! For anyone that saw on my social media, I recently slept out for charity. To keep me warm I filled this bottle at 9pm with tea, and the next morning at 8.30am there was still some in it, which was still perfect tea drinking temperature!
- Reusable sandwich bag: Great for work, or your child’s packed lunch instead of plastic sandwich bags. You can wash this like you would do all of your normal dishes with washing up liquid, and you can put snacks in it too if you don’t eat sandwiches.
- 2 Bamboo Toothbrushes: These have been great for travelling as both Matthew and I have electric toothbrushes, so it means we don’t have to buy plastic toothbrushes just for times we travel to visit family or go away.
- Pack of cotton buds – I use TONNES of these. Either for my ears (gross) or if I make a mistake with my makeup, so knowing that I am not chucking away plastic upon plastic by using a plastic free version is great.
- Reusable vegetable bag: This has saved me money!! Having this vegetable bag has made me even more aware of the fruit and vegetables I am buying in the supermarket. For example, without even thinking I used to pick up a bag of 3 onions for 85p with all of the packaging around it, and had never even questioned how much it would be to buy them loose. Instead, 3 loose onions cost me 30p… every little helps and all that, and loose veg means no plastic! These bags make it so much easier to ensure that I’m not then putting loose fruit/veg in the plastic bags you can get out go the boxes in the supermarket to protect it from any bashing around.
- Muslin Cloth: This is perfect to use instead of baby/makeup wipes. I use a muslin cloth every day to cleanse my skin, so having another spare one is perfect!
- Bamboo reusable coffee cup: This coffee cup has come EVERYWHERE with me since I’ve had it. I personally think it looks far prettier than the single use ones you get in coffee shops as well! It is the perfect size for me keeps the contents warm enough for me to not have to gulp it down quickly.
So there you have it! A fab plastic free starter pack to get you on your way to being plastic free. If there are a few things that take your fancy on there but you wouldn’t necessarily want them all, then take a look on the Make A Start website as they also do bespoke boxes, and sell individual items too! They are also selling a Christmas pack, to ensure that all of our present waste is recyclable and environmentally friendly, as SO much waste is created around Christmas time.
Small changes add up to huge results!
*This starter pack was gifted, but as always all views and opinions are my own.