Here are just some of the tips we received from our followers on social media:
- Swap plastic for glass - We go through an awful lot of milk but we get it delivered in glass bottles! Easy for us and great for the environment.
- Collect your unused plastic plant pots - Find a local nursery or garden centre who will take back your plastic plant pots or find a community allotment that may want them.
- Discard cling film - How about avoiding using plastic film to cover food in the microwave and use a saucer or lid to cover a bowl instead.
- Make the most of your fruit - Chop fruit up (after buying it loose) on a Sunday evening, then pop into reusable containers for snacks throughout the week.
- Ramp up your writing - Invest in a fountain pen rather than using a biro. They are stylish and can be used far longer than a standard biro.
- Good to grow - Use empty plastic tomato cartons for growing herbs or seedlings.
- Get organised - Make lunches for the week on a Sunday evening, pop them in reusable containers and then you are less likely to buy ready meals/salads in plastic containers/plastic wrapping, keep them in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
- Alternatives to cling film - Use foil (recyclable) instead of cling flim where possible or use cling cloths or other reusable sandwich wraps.
- Cook from scratch - Dining in often uses plastic trays for ready meals how about cooking from scratch, use a slow cooker to prepare in advance. Give it a go for a week, and watch the impact on your weekly shopping bill drop.
- Swap your shower gel - I've stopped using shower gel, and gone back to an old fashioned bar of soap.
- Wipe out wipes - Never use baby wipes or cleaning wipes,they mostly have plastic in, sounds obvious but just use a cloth or a flannel.
- Make your mark at the market - Shopping at the market as opposed to supermarket shopping... great environmentally and helps local businesses.
- Pack a paper bag - I now take paper bags to the store for loose veggies.
- Be 'old fashioned' - reduce the amount of different cleaning and laundry products you have and switch to 'old fashioned' alternatives.
Check out our top tips for passing on plastic this week:
- Bring your own shopping bag - Rather than using a plastic one and potentially paying 5p, why not carry a re-usable shopping bag with you.
- Bring your own cup - Get your favourite hot beverage in your favourite cup and never have to use takeaway cups again (although if on the odd occasion you forget to bring it with you, your takeaway cup can be taken home and recycled in your kerbside recycling bin, just make sure you give it a quick rinse and dry first).
- Bring your own cutlery - Have a set of cutlery in your drawer/locker/desk at work ready to use instead of disposable single-use plastic cutlery.
- Pack your lunch in a re-usable container - Cling film may come in handy but you can't recycle it, so why not re-use an old plastic takeaway container and use that as a handy lunch box.
- Carry a re-usable water bottle - Buying bottled water may be quick and easy but in the UK it is estimated that we use 35.8 million plastic bottles every day (but only 19.8 million are recycled). To stop buying bottled water, treat yourself to a water bottle and refill it as and when you need to.
- Slow down and dine in - we are always in such a rush, but why not give the takeaways a miss and take a moment to dine in at your favourite lunch hot spot or just enjoy 20 minutes at your local coffee shop drinking a hot drink out of a proper cup.
- Say no to straws - It is estimated that we use 8.5 billion plastic straws in the UK every year, but you can actually buy a number of different straws including bamboo, metal and glass which can be re-used over and over again and are much better for the environment - buy a pack and you can keep one in your bag, one at work and one at home.
- Buy your fruit and veg loose - It may seem like a simple idea, but buying your fruit and veg loose (and not in plastic packaging/bags) is an easy way to #PassOnPlastic.
- Share our tips with your friends and family