7 Easy Steps Towards Living a Plastic-Free Life

Posted by Suzie Cavill on

Getting started with a new habit is sometimes the hardest part. Once you make that decision and you get more involved, it tends to snowball on its own. To help you begin making some plastic-free changes, here is our simple 7 step guide:


1. Identify the products you purchase that contain plastic
Make a list and choose the three easiest products for you to replace. This is the first step towards finding plastic-free alternatives. 
Tip: Replace milk in plastic bottles to milk in glass bottles, freshly delivered from your local dairy OR Use a refillable / reusable stainless steel water bottle instead of single use plastic water bottles.
Did you know plastic bottles take approximately 450 years to decompose?

2. Use reusable bags whenever you go shopping
This is one of the easiest things you can do. Simply take 3 or 4 reusable bags with you whenever you go shopping. This will immediately cut out all of your plastic shopping bag waste.
Tip: Leave a supply in your car or handbag just in case you forget!
Did you know plastic bags take approximately 1000 years to decompose?

3. Start using a reusable coffee cup
Instead of using single-use coffee cups from the coffee machine or shop, start using a reusable coffee cup each time. This is one of the most impactful changes you can make.
Tip: Take your reusable cup with you to Café Nero, Starbucks, Costa or Greggs (to name a few) and you will receive a discount – saving money and the planet!

4. Cut out frozen meals
Many frozen meals come in plastic containers. Cut these out and replace them with fresh food and you will drastically reduce your plastic consumption plus you will be eating healthier. 
Did you know black and dark plastics are non recyclable?

5. Take a trip to the farmer’s market
Take a trip to your local farmer’s market to see what kinds of produce are being offered. Often farmers market prices are the same or better than the supermarkets, and the produce stays fresher far longer as it has usually only just be picked.
Tip: Pack your purchases into reusable cotton produce bags as an alternative to single use plastic bags. 

6. Use bar soap
This is another easy alternative. Use bar soap instead of liquid hand washing liquid.
Tip: Our selection of zero waste bar soaps are paraben and palm oil free too.

7. Gifts
Spend your money on gifts that are not only thoughtful for the recipient, but also kind to the environment. It’s a win, win!
Tip: Make sure you wrap your gifts in plastic-free packaging!
If you have any questions on how to begin you plastic free journey or you have any advice or information on how yours started, we would love to hear from you hello@thewildtree.co.uk

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  • After seeing the BBC’s Blue Planet and Drowning in Plastic, any hints and tips are gratefully received. Thank you

    James on

  • Thank you for the tips. I have a stash of reusable bags in my car! I feel proud to use your produce bags in the supermarket knowing I’m doing my bit for the environment. Keep up the good work guys x

    Sarah on

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