Q&A with Non Plastic Beach
Discover Gareth and Nicola’s five top tips for reducing the use of plastic in your everyday life!
As July was plastic free month, we wanted to highlight our friends Gareth and Nicola from Non Plastic Beach. We thought we’d let them tell you, in their own words, a bit more about what they do and what you can do to help!
Could you give us five top tips on how we can all begin to use less plastic in our everyday lives?
“Replace one item at a time, it can be too overwhelming to try and do too much at once”
“Look at your recycling bin, what plastic item is most common in there, changing the biggest one will cut your plastic consumption measurably”
“Use up your existing plastic products, if it is going to landfill, it may at least be used first”
“If someone won’t tell you much about the product then it may not be as it first appears”
“Plastic-free products can be better than plastic versions, our shampoo bars have amazing customer loyalty and are ideal for travel too (hand luggage friendly)”
Some big manufacturers are launching genuine efforts to cut plastic, but many are rather cynical and actually not necessarily all they appear. Bottles of cleaning product that you can refill with a flexible pouch might have lower grams of plastic, but that plastic is flexible and difficult to wash out before recycling, so it is much less likely to be recycled than the bottle it came in.
By cutting plastic down or out of a product, you can make a contribution to reducing this recycling burden and use something that is easy to compost or recycle instead. This eliminates the “hope this gets recycled” as it goes in whatever coloured bin your council use.”