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Ideas to help reduce your plastic

Residents holding reusable water bottles and coffee cups for the Love Essex Plastics Campaign.

Wednesday 1 January 2020

The use of plastic items, especially single-use items (which are items only used once) is accelerating climate change. But there are many ways you can reduce your single-use plastic and make a difference.

What is the problem with plastic?

Creating plastic using raw or new materials requires lots of energy and non-renewable resources (resources that cannot be easily replaced naturally), such as oil.

There are many quick and easy ways you can reduce your impact on the planet. The best option is to reduce the number of items you use and opt for reusable items. The next best option is to ensure you’re opting for recyclable items and recycle as much as you can.

New plastic items can often be made using recycled plastic. Using recycled plastic in place of raw material significantly reduces the energy use and carbon emissions.

Easy switches to reduce your single-use plastic

By opting for reusable items, you can reduce the amount of plastic you throw away. There are lots of ideas, but remember by making just One Small Change, you can make a difference.

Carry a reusable coffee cup or enjoy your hot drink in-store

Remember your reusable water bottle and use free water refill stations

Choose reusable baby, make-up and cleaning wipes (they often make a messy job easier)

Say no to plastic straws

Always have a reusable shopping bag to hand

Keep a set of reusable cutlery at your work place or in your bag

Switch to a bar of soap

Keep your food fresh with a reusable lunch box and food wraps 

Reduce your plastic, take the Essex Plastic Pledge

Join us either as an individual or household and sign the Essex Plastic Pledge. You will receive a monthly e-newsletter packed full of hints and tips and be entered into prize draws to win items that will help you reduce your plastics.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for residents here.

If you're a school in Essex, you can sign the the Essex Plastic Pledge for your school. You will then receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local schools on how to reduce plastic waste as well as access to an online resource pack full of activities and tools to help your school succeed in reducing plastic waste.  

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for schools here.

If you're an organisation in Essex, such as a business, college, university or community group you can sign the Essex Plastic Pledge as an organisation. You will receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local organisation sharing their experiences and success stories on reducing plastic waste, as well as access to an online resource pack to help you on the journey to reduce plastic waste.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for organisations here.

Find out more about plastic

Plastic recycling in Essex

Tips to improve your recycling

What's the difference between biodegradable, compostable and eco?