Did you know that ‘single-use’ was Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2018? This refers to products, often plastic, which are made to be used only once before they are thrown away with the use of the word increasing four times since 2013!
Our New Year’s Resolution at Pamphill is to reduce our plastic use and to make it easier for our customers to do the same, so with that in mind, we thought we’d put together a guide of our top 5 tips to reduce plastic this year -
Wherever possible, shop with your local independent stores, rather than big supermarkets. None of our vegetables come pre-packaged in plastic and 95% of our meat can be given to you in recyclable bags, or, if you prefer, you can bring your own tupperware in to take your meat and veg home.
Buy a reusable bag to take with you whenever you do your shopping. There are so many different bags on the market now that fold up so small you can shove them in your coat pocket and never be caught out without one. And, as an added bonus, they’re much sturdier than a plastic bag, so you never have to worry about your bag splitting again!
Buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. We’re happy to refill your water bottle for you and now offer 20p off your takeaway coffee if you bring your own cup.
Say no to plastic straws. If we don’t stop using plastic straws now, it’s estimated that in just 6 years there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. If you need to use a straw, there are plenty of better alternatives from reusable metal straws to biodegradable straws made from paper or bamboo.
Give up chewing gum. As tasty as it is, chewing gum is made from polymers, which are synthetic plastics and it’s the world’s second most common form of litter after cigarette butts.
We’ve already started making changes at Pamphill, but have more on the way throughout the year. Follow our instagram and like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the positive changes we’ll be making this year.