PLASTIC - we used to think it was fantastic but now it’s one of UK families’ biggest worries! When you become a parent, plastic use rockets, with 88 per cent of mums and dads admitting they use more since having kids. But following on from recent news reports and TV shows like Blue Planet, 97 per cent of UK families feel we’re consuming way too much bendy stuff.
So how can we kick the plastic habit? Our latest Channelmum.com survey shows a huge 98 per cent of us mums are buying brands which pledge to use less plastic in their products, while 93 per cent are trying to cut down on the amount of plastic your family uses. And the most popular way to do this? Going back to shopping like your granny did!
The top ‘ditch the plastic’ swaps include buying loose fruit and veg not pre-packed, with three in five of us doing this. Almost half of us are choosing washing powder in cardboard box instead of pre-wrapped capsules in a plastic tub. One in five have ditched liquid soap in a plastic container for old-fashioned bars of soap and seven per cent have turned back to traditional ‘cloth’ nappies. And six per cent are now once again ordering milk and juice in glass containers from the milkman.
Our resident Eco Expert Emma Maxwell explains: “When it comes to plastic-free shopping, it seems granny really does know best. We’ve been conditioned to think plastic is fantastic, when in fact it’s a menace to the planet and our future. In the past, families managed to live without it and by copying your granny’s shopping style, modern families can cut down on plastic use too, all without paying extra.”
Here are the top plastic swaps to get you started:
- Change washing capsules in plastic tubs for washing powder in a cardboard box
- Buy loose fruit and veg, not pre-packed
- Ditch liquid soap and shower gel for bars of soap
- Switch disposable nappies and plastic nappy bags for cloth nappies
- Change disposable plastic party cutlery for normal or wooden cutlery and plastic plates and cups for paper ones
- Swap plastic milk and juice containers for glass ones delivered by your milkman
- Use a flask or water bottle, not plastic single-use bottles of water
- Try cloth ‘bags for life’ not 5p plastic bags
- Buy a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic ones
- Swap disposable straws for reusable ones What would you add to this list? Which of these will you be trying? We’d love to hear your thoughts.