How to Cut Down on Plastic at Home
We have all seen the headlines; we need to look after our beloved planet. To completely transform our planet and rid it of all single-use plastics is of course, not going to happen overnight. However, as they say, “We do not need millions of people doing it perfectly we need millions of people doing it imperfectly”. This means, if we all try to swap out single-use plastics we can all help- just by making small changes. Here at Ella’s Kitchen Company, we wanted to create products that make it easier to cut out using plastics in your home.
Here are a few ways in which you can swap to start the journey to going plastic free:
Carry a reusable water bottle and coffee cup
In the UK we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day- how unbelievable is that?! Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save money too! There’s even an app that tells you where you can refill your bottle for free- ‘Refill’. Also, carrying a reusable coffee cup means you can enjoy your coffee, on the go and plastic free!
Say no to Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are bad news for our oceans. Next time you order a drink, think about whether you need a straw – and if you don’t, just say no! There are so many options other than plastic straws now; try bamboo, paper or steel straws! EKC has the perfect storage box to hold all of your plastic free goodies- the ‘Neat and Nifty’ or the ‘The Stockpile’.
Turn it off
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
Invest in eco-friendly technology
Make sure that the tech you have got is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output.
Cutting out Plastic
Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think. Bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and veg loose and stop buying water in plastic bottles. Whilst at home, to cut down the amount of plastic you use, you can go to zero waste shops and measure out the amount of pasta you would like, straight into your container! Then when you pop back home, using the EKC ‘Stor Pantry’ or ‘Hus Pantry’ you can organise all of your dry goods into separate metal scoops- perfect for a stylish and plastic free kitchen.
Plant an herb garden
It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, and this one is super easy. To get organised with all your seeds, for the kitchen and garden; check out Ella’s Kitchen Company’s ‘Bottle Bank’- the perfect way to stay organised and ready to grow all of your luscious herbs.
Use less water
Take shorter showers, try low-flow showerheads and use your energy-efficient dishwasher (which uses less water than traditional dishwashing) or switch up your dishwashing practice to leave the faucet running for less time. Only run your laundry if it’s a full load, don’t use heated water unless it’s absolutely necessary and only wash truly dirty clothing.
There are so many ways to start removing plastic from our lives and ultimately saving our planet. Remember, “We do not need millions of people doing it perfectly we need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.