It’s Plastic Free July and it’s a great opportunity to think about how much single use plastic you get through in a week. You don’t have to stop using plastic altogether, just be conscious of how much you use and see if you can cut down. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tricky; here are 5 super simple ways to reduce your plastic in Exeter without costing you a fortune.
5 super simple ways to reduce your plastic in Exeter
- Have your milk delivered in glass bottles from Daisy Chain Dairy. It cuts down on your plastic, supports local farmers and saves you time too. It is slightly more expensive per pint but I find it saves me a fortune as I don’t have to pop to the shops when we run out and end up buying stuff I don’t really need.
- Buy toiletries from a local business such as Soap Daze. Sharon makes beautiful bar soaps for hand washing and great soap on a rope for the shower, saving plastic liquid soap and shower gel bottles. And using bar soap works out cheaper too, so you will save money in the long run.
- Lush on the High Street sells bar shampoo and conditioner too, so you can save even more plastic this way. And if bar conditioner’s not your thing, you can take your clean bottles/tubs back to Lush and they will recycle them into new pots.
- Refill your washing up, laundry liquid and household spray bottles and save both money and plastic. Health Foods Unlimited on Exe Bridges offer a refill service, saving you money off the cost up buying new bottles every time.
- Buy metal water bottles and get into the habit of taking one with you every time you go out. The average person gets though 150 drinks bottles a year, so that could save your family 12 plastic bottles a week! Farmer’s Friend on Cowick Street sells the highly regarded Klean Kanteen stainless steel range. The bottles do cost a bit to buy but they will last for years and years will save you quite literally £1000s of pounds in the long run. (Thanks to Naomi for letting me know that Farmer’s Friend stock this range.)
Bonus suggestions to help reduce your plastic use
These take a little more effort and may work out a little more expensive but are so worth considering:
- Shop at your local butcher (if you eat meat). You will get fantastic quality meat, locally produced. Although it will need to be put in a plastic bag, it saves on on the plastic trays and films used by supermarkets.
- Visit the Farmer’s Market on a Thursday. You can by fruit, veg, eggs, cheese, bread, pies, meat, fish, flowers, sauces and cakes all either entirely plastic free or with greatly reduce packaging compared to shopping at supermarkets.
- Visit the new Real Food Store at Central Train Station where they have dispensers for staple foods such as pasta, rice, flour etc, meaning you can buy exactly what you need with much less packaging.
Welcome to the Real Food Store in the heart of Exeter, Devon.
I hope these 5 super simple ways to reduce your plastic in Exeter help you with out adding any stress to your busy family life. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. I know I’m not as I tell you in Not Quite Plastic Free July.