There are some simple changes you can make that will make a big difference to your single-use plastic consumption. Here are our top suggestions:

REFUSE

  • Stop buying plastic bottled drinks
  • Refuse a straw
  • Swap bathroom products for bars not bottles
  • Opt for non-wrapped food e.g. loose fruit and veg
  • Cook with fresh ingredients to avoid excess food packaging
  • Avoid single-use condiment sachets

REDUCE

  • Buy second-hand instead of new
  • Be a conscious consumer
  • Use your local library
  • Get involved with local beach cleans

REUSE

  • Make use of refills for household products
  • Use a refillable cup for hot drinks
  • Swap clingfilm for beeswax wraps or Tupperware
  • Swap disposable wet wipes for reusable cloths
  • Buy reusable sanitary towels or swap to plastic free alternatives
  • Buy reusable nappies or swap to plastic free alternatives
  • Use your own shopping bags
  • Use a reusable party kit instead of disposable cups and plates. Annecy and Chyngton Primary Schools in Seaford have kits for hire for childrens’ parties. Contact details available on https://www.partykitnetwork.uk/

RECYCLE

  • Opt for glass or metal packaging
  • Swap milk bottles to glass
  • Separate food waste from general refuse for composting
  • Use local terracycle collection points for items not accepted by local council recycling schemes e.g. milk bottle lids, crisp packets, bread bags, dental care, cleaning packaging, baby food pouches etc

Let us know what changes you have made to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle single-use plastics.