It takes hundreds of years for plastic to decompose. Only 14% of plastic is recycled and 30% leaks into the environment; if demand for plastic continues to soar, as is expected, we could have more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. Concerned? Rightly so. Interested in reducing your plastic consumption, but not too sure where to start? Start right here! We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple tips to reduce your plastic consumption.
1. Ditch the plastic straws and keep a straw on you!
An easy way to reduce your plastic consumption is to say no to plastic straws and carry a reusable straw on you instead. We featured TVK-branded bamboo straws in our subscription boxes, which were a big hit! If you would like to purchase one, you can do so here.
2. Carry a reusable coffee cup
Bring a reusable coffee cup with you to hand over to the barista for your takeaway coffee. Many coffeehouses also offer discount for customers who opt to have their coffee in a reusable cup. Win, win! We stock amazing bamboo coffee cups on our online supermarket.
3. Bring reusable bags for your shopping
Save money and save the world, invest in a tote bag (or few) for your shopping trips. Keep a couple of bags in your car or in your every day bag, so that you always have your bag on you, even for those unplanned snack shops! We have a lovely section of tote bags with vegan messages on our online supermarket.
4. Ditch the plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush
Bye bye plastic toothbrushes, hello environmentally-friendly bamboo toothbrushes! We stock a selection of bamboo toothbrushes with biodegradable handles, which do not pollute the environment.
5. Pack your sandwiches in paper sandwich bags
Do you often pack a delicious vegan sandwich for work. university or school lunches? Switch the plastic sandwich bags for these paper environmentally-friendly sandwich bags. Made from the unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees, a renewable source these sandwich bags are compostable, natural and chlorine-free!