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Guess what? We thought we’d come to talk about plastic, again, sorry! We want to talk about how our major ethos is about sustainability and closing the loop. All our wares are made from, if not natural, recycled waste. We feel as though this is a great way to tackle the plastic pollution pandemic we find ourselves in. Yes plastic needs to be banned and we are fully in agreement about that but what do we do with all the waste we created? I hope we can all agree that repurposing is the way forward right?
So with this in mind we thought we would go over some ways to eradicate plastic from our lives. Btw we fully appreciate how hard that is. I mean jeez it’s not made easy for us is it? Please don’t forget the power of the purchaser and push for the plastic ban.
Here’s some ways we’ve been reducing our plastic footprint...
First things first, implementing changes can seem overwhelming, take small steps. Make changes that are achievable as you are more likely to stick with it.
Reduce your own plastic waste. Think about your current shopping habits and lifestyle. Where can you reduce plastic consumption? will changing supermarkets help? Is there a local fruit and veg supplier that does boxes?Supermarkets are still pretty useless but you can always get some loose veg and work your dinners around them.
There’s a breadth of ace water bottles now, go for glass or something that you could recycle if it breaks. One of our peeves is toys, an unavoidable purchase for parents and so much plastic 😖, try your best to buy second-hand or buy from wooden toy shops like our friends at www.rockawaytoys.co.uk. Finally clothing, having worked in retail it is shocking how everything is individually wrapped in plastic when new seasons drop then toggles, labels, so so many things to avoid and we should know. Just start really looking at every purchase you make and never accept a plastic bag. They are sooooo out of fashion.
Take your own reusable shopping bags to the supermarket, avoid using single-use plastic bags, use your own reusable coffee cup. Don’t use straws or if you need to buy reusable sustainable ones. Instead of buying water in plastic bottles, invest in a water filter and reusable water bottle, it’s actually cheaper in the long run. We love our Kilner jar with charcoal in at our house.
Refuse straws, be vocal, “No straw, please” when ordering drinks at restaurants or cafes. Join us in the “let’s see how many things I can balance out the shops” game. It’s fun and funny to watch other people doing the same.
Recycle the plastics you use and no longer need. Return single-use bags to supermarkets for them to recycle. Gift old kids toys to new homes.
Sometimes people are unaware or the extent of plastic waste / pollution. Share facts without ramming it down someones neck. Using social platforms to post the odd message can recruit a new crusader. Encourage your friends to makes a small change. This is a massive one. Some people just don’t know any of this is happening, no really!! Be gentle with people, we all have our “ways”. Positive encouragement is key and never forget... little steps, big impacts is where we make waves 🌊
Reins Clothing Crew