It’s Earth Day, woohoo! I find that this is a day when I reflect upon environmental issues and what I can do to help. If there’s one thing that has really been on my mind, it’s plastic pollution in our seas, oceans and on beaches. I know that I’ve already spoken about it before, but this is a serious issue. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish¹. Scary right? And that’s not all; because of microplastics in our waterways, plastic is entering the food chain². Heck, even whales and birds are ingesting plastic carrier bags. We desperately NEED to make changes.
Tips To Reduce Your Plastic Use
I’ve put together a few simple tips to help reduce the plastic that you’re using, as I firmly believe that refusing as much plastic as possible is a better solution than recycling.
Ditch disposable straws – there are reusable options available made from materials such as stainless steel, bamboo, glass, and silicone. I personally rate stainless steel and bamboo straws, but that’s just my personal preference.
Get a reusable bag – plastic carrier/shopping bags are so bad for the environment, often blowing out to sea and getting ingested by whales. They’re also pretty useless to re-use as they break all the time. Invest in a couple of reusable bags instead. Buy cotton or try out bags made from old plastic bottles. Most fold up pretty small, so you an always carry one with you, just in case you need it. For food shopping, just try to remember not to leave home without your bags. It becomes habit after a while, trust me.
Switch to a bamboo toothbrush – every plastic toothbrush sent to landfill is still in existence. And with 4.7 billion toothbrushes made annually, it doesn’t take much to realise that will cause an astronomical amount of waste. Bamboo is a very fast growing and biodegradable material. I wrote about bamboo toothbrushes here.
Buy a reusable flask – there are people I know who buy a drink every single day for work, or whilst out. I used to be one of them. Before I started cleaning up my lifestyle, I used to re-use bottles as much as I could. But ultimately they still ended up in the bin. And as I mentioned already, recycling is not the answer. Since switching to a stainless steel flask, my family and I no longer buy drinks whilst out. Better for our bank account and the planet. For an affordable flask, check out Glogg who start at £8.50 for a 500ml bottle.
Remember, do what you can for your circumstances – being green is NOT all or nothing and should not be detrimental to your health.
You can purchase plastic free alternatives such as bamboo toothbrushes, reusable flasks and straws (plus other eco friendly things!) from Big Green Smile*, Natural Collection*, Life Without Plastic*, Babi Pur (10% off with ECOFLUFFYMAMA) and Boobalou. For more green living inspiration, check out my Green Living section.
Earth Day Giveaway & Charity Donation
I’m a firm believer in practice what you preach, so of course, I will be giving away a few things to help a couple of people ditch some plastic. I am also going to donate ALL of my commission made through my affiliate links in this post for the next 6 weeks (affiliate links are marked with a *). Along with making a one-off donation of £15 to Surfers Against Sewage. I would LOVE it if you could also pledge a donation, as they can take as little as £2. This link allows you to make a one-off donation or monthly donation.
Surfers Against Sewage do amazing work with cleaning up beaches and campaigns to tackle issues such as Break The Bag and #BreakFreeFromPlastic. Please do pledge a donation if you can! As for the giveaway, I am giving away the following to 5 lucky winners:
- Set of bamboo straws and cotton shopping bag (Donated by Boobalou)
- Earth Conscious natural deodorant (Donated by Earth Conscious)
- Glogg 500ml wide neck flask in silver finish
- JuJu menstrual cup (size 1)
- Eco Femme cloth pad liner set (Donated by Earthwise Girls)
HUGE thanks to those who have donated some of the giveaway items! This giveaway is open to the UK and Europe Only. Enter below – it would be amazing if everyone entering could donate £2 to Surfers Against Sewage (this is just a fun suggestion – it is not mandatory in any way)
Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to UK and Europe only and entrants must be over the age of 18. Closing date of giveaway is 29th April 2017. Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and their name announced from the 30th April 2017 on Eco Fluffy Mama’s Facebook, Twitter (pinned to the top of the page) and also announced on Instagram. Winners have 14 days to come forward before another winner/s will be picked at random. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be given. First come first served when picking prizes.