Individual actions for reducing plastics
Single-use plastic occurs in all of our lives, in all sorts of forms. Whilst completely removing all of it would be very hard, you can go a long way to reduce your individual consumption with some simple changes. You can see how much of an impact single-use plastics have on your daily life by taking the MCS Plastic Challenge.
Below are some simple ways you can reduce the amount of single-use plastic you use.
- Refuse straws in bars and restaurants when out and about - take on The MCS last straw challenge
- Use a reusable coffee cup (E.g. MCS china mug )
- Use a reusable water bottle (download the refill app )
- Bring a packed lunch to work, avoid clingfilm and use reusable containers for sandwiches, an old ice cream container is a good alternative
- Use reusable bags when shopping, remember to take them, leave some in the car
- Refuse plastic bags or wrapping
- Take part in the MCS plastic challenge
- Organise a work place plastic challenge over a day and raise funds at the same time
- Take part in a MCS Beachwatch survey
- Join MCS - we are a charity and need support to continue our vital work
- Visit the plastic-free living section on the MCS shop for more ideas of more environmentally friendly alternatives. From bamboo toothbrushes to beeswax wraps.